Friday, September 21, 2007

Lasker Award to Albert Starr, M.D.

About a week ago, the Lasker Foundation named Dr. Albert Starr, M.D., co-winner of this year's award for clinical medical research. About three days ago, we uncovered the accompanying images--along with several others--in a box with items from our Medical Museum Collection. We already have a small but wonderful collection of materials relating to the development of the Starr-Edwards heart valve here at the Medical School, but these new items will be a nice supplement. I especially like the fact that step 6 in The Story of the Starr-Edwards Heart Valve provides some textual evidence for our oral anecdotes about the groups of "little women" who would sit and knit the individual valve sewing rings by hand. Craft at its finest--and most life-saving!

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