Behind the Name

Behind the Name

A look back at the pioneers of hematology and oncology.

Behind the Name

Howard Weinstein, MD, runs to raise funds for cancer research

HemOnc Today, December 10, 2010
Howard Weinstein, MD, is the chief of pediatric hematology and oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In this position, he plays…
Behind the Name

Frederick Banting discovered insulin in 1921

HemOnc Today, November 25, 2009
Frederick Banting’s role in the discovery of insulin is undisputed. However, for many decades, the role of each of the other three men involved…
Behind the Name

Guido Fanconi and Eduard Glanzmann: pioneers in pediatric hematology

HemOnc Today, July 25, 2009
Guido Fanconi and Eduard Glanzmann were both Swiss born pediatricians who made outstanding and lasting contributions to the fledging field…
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Emil Theodor Kocher: a name synonymous with thyroid surgery

HemOnc Today, June 25, 2009
The contributions of Emil Theodor Kocher dramatically changed the field of thyroid surgery. The Swiss surgeon has been described as the world…
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Paul Ehrlich: the man behind the ‘magic bullet’

HemOnc Today, May 25, 2009
Unwavering reliance on the scientific method marked the career of Paul Ehrlich. From graduate work with aniline dyes to the discovery of Salvarsan…
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Sir William Ernest Miles changed the treatment for rectal cancer

HemOnc Today, April 25, 2009
William Ernest Miles’ dissatisfaction with operations practiced during his time led to an unwavering dedication to solving the anatomical…
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Jan Waldenström: ‘I am only a clinician’

HemOnc Today, March 25, 2009
Best known for his discovery of Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia, Jan Gosta Waldenström, MD, also made significant contributions…
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James Blundell: pioneer of blood transfusion

HemOnc Today, February 25, 2009
Though his career was brief, James Blundell was an innovator and pioneer and was distinguished as one of the first physicians to practice…
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John Hunter: ‘Founder of Scientific Surgery’

HemOnc Today, January 25, 2009
Primarily a student of observation as opposed to strict academia, John Hunter’s wide-ranging interests allowed him to explore several areas…
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Dr. Carl Max Wilhelm Wilms (1867-1918)

HemOnc Today, December 25, 2008
Arty R. Coppes, MA; Max J. Coppes, MD
The eponym Wilms tumor is well known to pediatric oncologists all over the world and refers to the most common form of renal cancer in the pediatric…