Medicine: For Public Service

The people who do good work in public health get little publicity and very few pats on the back. The annual Lasker Awards, among the top honors in world medicine, give them some of each. Individual winners also get $1,000 and a gold copy of the Winged Victory. The 1948 winners, announced this week:

Dr. Vincent du Vigneaud, 47, Cornell University Medical College biochemist, "for advancing the frontiers of our knowledge of fundamental living processes." His specialty: the part played by certain chemicals in the body's metabolism.

Dr. Selman A. Waksman, 60, Russian-born Rutgers University biologist, discoverer of streptomycin, and Dr. Rene J....

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