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Old March 22 2010, 07:06 PM   #1
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RIP Sir James Whyte Black, OM - inventor of the beta-blocker

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/...st/8580567.stm

Sir James Black's role in the discovery of beta-adrenergic receptor antagonists (specifically the first one, propranolol) and their use in the treatment of ischaemic heart disease, was his most famous claim to fame.

He was also credited for introducing histamine H2-receptor antagonists in the management of peptic ulcer disease, namely (the now largely retired) cimetidine, allowing medical management with tablets for what used to be a primarily surgically-treated disorder.

For these discoveries, he was given the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1988. The positive impact these pharmacological discoveries have had on modern medicine has been immense.

Thanks, and RIP.
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