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Celebrity Deaths in Medicine

  • Dr. John Willke (2015)

    Dr. John Willke

    By LISA CORNWELL, The Associated PressCINCINNATI (AP) — Dr. John Willke, an obstetrician who helped shape the modern anti-abortion movement with ideas including a belief that a woman can resist conception from a sexual assault, has died, his daughter said Saturday. He was 89.Willke, who founded the International Right to Life Federation, died Friday at his home in Cincinnati, daughter Marie...

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  • Carl Djerassi, 91 (1923 - 2015)

    Carl Djerassi

    The Associated PressSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Carl Djerassi, the chemist widely considered the father of the birth control pill, has died.Djerrasi died of complications of cancer Friday in his San Francisco home, Stanford University spokesman Dan Stober said. He was 91.Djerassi, a professor emeritus of chemistry at Stanford, was most famous for leading a research team in Mexico City that in 1951...

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  • Dr. Stanley Aronson (2015)

    Dr. Stanley Aronson

    The Associated PressPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The founding dean of Brown University's medical school has died. Neuropathologist Dr. Stanley Aronson was 92.The university says Aronson died Wednesday in hospice care in Providence, Rhode Island.Brown President Christina Paxton says the medical school "and many of the statewide improvements in medical care delivery that grew along with it" began with...

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  • Dorothy "Dottie" Thomas (2015)

    Dorothy  "Dottie" Thomas

    The Associated PressSEATTLE (AP) — Dorothy "Dottie" Thomas, the research partner and wife of the Nobel laureate who pioneered the bone marrow transplant, has died in her Seattle-area home at 92.Her death Friday was announced by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Her husband, the late Dr. E. Donnall Thomas, had directed its clinical research division.Dottie Thomas was known...

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  • Dr. Denham Harman, 98 (1916 - 2014)

    Dr. Denham  Harman

    By JOSH FUNK, The Associated PressOMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — Dr. Denham Harman, a renowned scientist who developed the most widely accepted theory on aging that's now used to study cancer, Alzheimer's disease and other illnesses, has died in Nebraska at age 98.Harman, who worked into his mid-90s at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, died Tuesday after a brief illness at a hospital in Omaha,...

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