Medicine: Oscars for Health

During the past nine years, 51 medical pioneers and 16 medical groups—responsible for wide areas of public health or working on diseases that are the commonest causes of death—have received gold copies of the Victory of Samothrace plus $1,000 in cash. These medical Oscars are the tokens of the annual, prestigious Lasker Awards, founded by the late Advertising Magnate Albert D. Lasker and his wife Mary and awarded by the American Public Health Association. Of the 51 individual recipients so far, seven have gone on to win Nobel Prizes.* Announced last week were the...

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