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Paul Gibson
(dob - )
Born in
Year of Discovery: 1948


Gibson Found "An Aspirin a Day Keeps the Cardiologist Away"

Paul Gibson, an English cardiologist, laid the foundation for the simplest - and most cost effective - means of treating coronary artery disease: aspirin. In 1948, he recognized aspirin's ability to reduce the tendency of blood platelets to stick together. This, he rightly reasoned, would decrease the formation of clots (coronary thrombosis), the underlying cause of most heart attacks and strokes. He actively pursued testing his hypothesis with his patients and, the very next year, he presented case reports detailing the potential role of aspirin in the treatment of heart attacks and chest pain (angina). Prior to Gibson's discovery, aspirin was used primarily to treat inflammation, fever and pain. Gibson's hypothesis was later confirmed by Lawrence Craven's observational studies and Charles Henneken's large scale clinical trials.

Gibson's discovery set the stage for widespread use of a highly-effective, affordable intervention to protect against coronary artery disease and stroke. In fact, today between 10 and 20 billion aspirin tablets are consumed each year in the United States to prevent heart attack and stroke. Thanks to Gibson's discovery of this simple intervention, millions of people are now leading healthy and active lives.



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Research gate abstract mentioning Gibson's research:
Milestones of cardivascular pharmacotherapy salicylates and aspirin

Acute coronary syndromes, by Eric J. Topol, discusses Gibson's work:
Acute coronary syndromes

Platelets in Cardiovascular Disease, by Deepak L. Bhatt, discusses Gibson's research:
Platelets in Cardiovascular Disease

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Heroes in Their Sixties When They Made Discovery

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Lawrence Craven(67)

Used aspirin to prevent heart attacks

Showed aspirin busts blood clots and saves lives.

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Bernard Belleau(64)

Invented the anti-AIDS drug, 3TC

Invented new AIDS drug with far fewer side effects.

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Louis Pasteur(63)

Pasteur was responsible for several major scientific discoveries

A multi-faceted genius who proved germ theory; founder of vaccination, microbiology, and pasteurization.

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John Enders(61)

Developed the polio vaccine

Enders revolutionized virology, even though he began his work in this area after the age of fifty.

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Vasilii Kolesov (60)

Pioneer in coronary bypass surgery

First to use sutures in coronary artery bypass surgery.

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Lifesavers: Aspirin

Charles Hennekens
Led the first significant clinical trial showing aspirin prevents heart attacks.
Lawrence Craven
Showed "aspirin busts blood clots," saves lives.

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