Quiz: Test your expertise: Major milestones in medical history
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Test your expertise: Major milestones in medical history
By: Maria Trimarchi
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From anesthesia to vivisection, from mapping the human genome to discovering stem cells, what game-changing moments in medicine do you know through history?

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Which Founding Father invented bifocal glasses?
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Whose work, set forth in the "Fabrica," gave us a new understanding of human anatomy?
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In which city did the first licensed pharmacist in the U.S., Louis Joseph Dufilho, Jr., run an apothecary?
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In 1939, Gerhard Domagk was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of which type of drug?
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Who was awarded the Nobel Prize for the discovery of bacteria-killing penicillin, in 1945?
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Who was the first patient to be healed with penicillin?
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Who was the first African American to graduate from a U.S. medical school?
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In 1982, what organ did Dr. William DeVries implant into Barney Clark, a Seattle dentist?
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For what disease was the world's first vaccine?
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In 1980, the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) declared which infectious disease eradicated?
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Who was the first female doctor schooled in the U.S., getting a medical degree from Geneva Medical College in 1849?
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Which Canadian physician discovered the hormone insulin?
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How many people were needed to operate the first electrocardiogram?
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What procedure was Reuben Ottenberg first to perform, using blood typing and cross-matching techniques?
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Which international project, which was successfully completed in April 2003, required sequencing approximately 3 billion base pairs?
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What does lovastatin, the first in its class, lower in your body?
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What did "The New York Times" say about German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen's discovery of the X-ray?
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What did French physician René Laënnec invent after he couldn't properly examine a particularly zaftig woman by just listening to her chest with his ear?
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Which was the first state where terminally-ill adults could legally end their lives with a physician's assistance?
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The inventor of the first insulin pump went on to invent what form of transportation?
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Which pair was responsible for the discovery of the double-helix structure of our DNA?
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Whose idea was it to improve people's homes by piping sewage out and water in?
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What was once considered a blood substitute, used during the late 19th century before saline?
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Which cells are able to develop into other cell types?
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What organization was founded after Congress passed the National Organ Transplant Act in 1984?
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Who underwrote the research that was needed before the first oral contraceptive for women could be introduced?
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Chemists Carl Djerassi, George Rosenkranz, and (then-student) Luis Miramontes share the patent for what synthetic hormone?
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What name did the International Committee on the Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) announce the virus that causes AIDS would be officially known as?
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When was HIV first discovered as the virus that causes AIDS?
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Before it was discovered that microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses cause disease, what did physicians believe caused these conditions?
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William T.G. Morton was the first to use ether anesthesia successfully (and publicly) in surgery. But who suggested the words "anesthetic" and "anesthesia" for the procedure?
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Which technology allows scientists the ability to do genetic editing?
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