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1967 in medicine refers to the significant events, advancements, and discoveries in the field of medicine that took place in the year 1967. This year was marked by several important medical breakthroughs that have had a lasting impact on healthcare and medical research.

Events[edit | edit source]

  • The first successful heart transplant was performed by Christiaan Barnard on December 3, 1967. The patient, Louis Washkansky, lived for 18 days after the operation.
  • The World Health Organization launched the Intensified Smallpox Eradication Programme in May 1967. This global effort led to the eradication of smallpox by 1980.
  • The Abortion Act 1967 was passed in the United Kingdom, legalizing abortions by registered practitioners and regulating the free provision of such medical practices through the National Health Service.

Discoveries[edit | edit source]

  • The Philadelphia chromosome, a genetic abnormality associated with chronic myeloid leukemia, was discovered in 1967 by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • The Hepatitis B virus was identified by Dr. Baruch Blumberg, who later won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for this discovery.

Births[edit | edit source]

  • Notable medical professionals born in 1967 include Andrew Wakefield, a British former doctor who became known for his fraudulent 1998 research paper in support of the now-discredited claim that there is a link between the administration of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, and the appearance of autism and bowel disease.

Deaths[edit | edit source]

  • Carl N. Gorman, a Navajo code talker during World War II who later became a prominent radiologist, died in 1967.
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Further reading[edit | edit source]

  • The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A Medical History of Humanity by Roy Porter
  • The Cambridge Illustrated History of Medicine by Roy Porter


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