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Indiana University School of Medicine

The IU School of Medicine (IUSM) was founded in 1903 – only the fourth medical school in the United States, after Johns Hopkins, Harvard, and Western Reserve, to require two or more years of collegiate work for admission. The school awarded the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree to its first class of 25 in 1907. For a photographic look at our history, visit our award-winning bicentennial celebration website. And visit the IUSM medical libraries History of Medicine Collection for bibliographic and other details on medical history in Indiana and around the U.S. Also check out the History of Women at IUSM site, an informative look at women’s role in the history of the IU School of Medicine.

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Penicillin ushered in the antibiotics revolution, with amazing results during war and peace. Science & Society Picture Library/SSPL via Getty Images

Guns, not roses – here’s the true story of penicillin’s first patient

Albert Alexander was the first known person treated with penicillin. While his ultimately fatal case is well known in medical histories, the cause of his illness has been misattributed for decades.
Parents may find it challenging to get their children comfortable going back out into the world. Paul Bersebach/Orange County Register via Getty Images

America goes back to school – 5 essential reads on parenting in the pandemic

As more people get vaccinated and different facets of society slowly reopen, challenges remain in the nation’s quest to get back to normal. Here are five articles that help illuminate the path.
Being a good mother depends on many factors, including the the bacteria in the mouse mother’s gut. IvonneW/iStock/Getty Images Plus

In mice, a mother’s love comes from the gut

Microbes can alter the minds of mouse mothers and disrupt their natural instinct to nurture their young.
Black licorice gets its distinctive flavor from licorice root. PicturePartners/Getty Images

The spooky and dangerous side of black licorice

Who knew that black licorice had a dark side? A scientist explains when this treat becomes a threat.
World TB Day awareness rally and skit featuring young people on March 24, 2018 in Mumbai, India. Bachchan Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Just as in coronavirus, young people are key to stopping tuberculosis

Today is World TB Day. With attention turned toward coronavirus, it might seem too much to think about. But there’s a lot to consider about the role of young people in stopping both diseases.
Other cultures view dementia differently. Could they help us be better caregivers? BlurryMe/Shutterstock.com

Could different cultures teach us something about dementia?

More than 16 million people in the U.S. take care of people with dementia. Could we learn something from how other cultures view dementia as more of a social disease rather than a lonely one?
Touch is a powerful tool in medicine. Hands via www.shutterstock.com.

Touch creates a healing bond in health care

Despite the rise of scanners, robots and other new medical technologies, the physician’s hand remains one of medicine’s most valuable diagnostic tools.

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