71 years ago 2 Mayo doctors win Nobel Prize for pain relief!

In two weeks, it will be 71 years since the Mayo Clinic received the telegram announcing that two of their doctors had winners of the 1950 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology.

Photo credit: Mayo Clinic

What was all the fuss? You wouldn’t get it from the Telegram, but the doctors at Mayo Clinic here in Rochester, Minnesota spent over a decade researching a miracle cure that had become a reality …cortisone.

It’s 2021 and you keep hearing about people getting cortisone injections to treat rheumatoid arthritis, back pain, bursitis. They can also be part of treating other conditions such as back pain and tendinitis.

Something common today, but 71 years ago people with such terrible, unbearable pain would dream of such a medicine.

Edward Kendall, Ph.D., third from right, and Phillip Hench, MD, far right, shared the Nobel Prize for the discovery of cortisone. Photo credit: Mayo Clinic

According to the Mayo Clinic, after years of collaborative research, a team at the Mayo Clinic first isolated cortisone, a hormone found in the adrenal glands (small triangular glands on each kidney). In 1948 they gave it to a patient, the first ever cortisone treatment, and two years later they won the Nobel Prize.

The team was led by two Mayo Clinic employees, rheumatologist Dr. Philip S. Hench and the biochemist Dr. Edward C. Kendall. They were joined by a Polish-Swiss chemist, Professor Tadeus Reichstein from the University of Basel.

The Mayo Clinic in 1950 (MNHS)

Dr. Hench shared his share of the Nobel Prize money with the people who worked on the project. However, an important part of the team did not receive any cash. Because of her vow of poverty, Sister Pantaleon Navratil, the nursing director of the project, had to refuse such a reward. So he started a travel fund, so she could have an audience with the Pope.

Mayo Clinic 1955, just five years after receiving the Nobel Prize … the world moves on … (MNHS)

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