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Aspirin Felix  Hoffmann 1897
Balloon Catheter Thomas Fogarty 1961
Band-Aid Earle Dickson 1920
Blood Bank Charles Drew 1940
Nakao Snare Naomi Nakao 1991
Penicillin Alexander Fleming 1928
Smallpox Vaccine Edward Jenner 1876
Smooth Staple John G. Knapp 1988


The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle: And Other Surprising Stories About Inventions
by Don L. Wulffson / Paperback - 128 pages (1999) / Puffin
Brief factual stories about how various familiar things were invented, many by accident, from animal crackers to the zipper.
Mistakes That Worked
by Charlotte Foltz Jones, John O'Brien (Illustrator) / Paperback - 48 pages (1994) / Doubleday
Recounting the fascinating stories behind the accidental inventions of forty familiar objects and products.
Panati’s Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things
by Charles Panati / Paperback - 480 pages Reissue edition (September 1989) / HarperCollins
Discover the fascinating stories behind the origins of over 500 everyday items, expressions and customs.
Pharmaceutical Achievers: The Human Face of Pharmaceutical Research
by Mary Ellen Bowden / Paperback: 220 pages / Chemical Heritage Foundation (January 1, 2003)
Within a two-week period in August of 1897, Felix Hoffmann synthesized aspirin, one of the most widely beneficial drugs ever, and heroin, one of the most harmful of illegal substances

 Mavericks, Miracles and Medicine
DVD / 2 Volume Set / 200 Minutes / History Channel / Less than $40.00
The arsenals of today's hospitals are filled with complex and technologically sophisticated tests and treatments that, only a generation ago, would have been the exclusive province of science fiction.


National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Official Web site of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Red Cross History
Dr. Drew was instrumental in developing blood plasma processing and transfusion therapy, and his work with the Red Cross blood program during World War II laid the foundation for modern day blood banking. The Charles Drew Institute is the centerpiece of the Red Cross biomedical training system.

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