An epoch-making and blessed moment in the history of medicine: Thoughts on international health equity and the Nobel prize in medicine

Zachary M. Linneman, David J. Satin

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Abstract

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is a prestigious award given every year for ostensibly the most important discovery in the field. Prizes in Medicine have typically gone to honor foundational knowledge rather than measurable impact. Two recent examples from global health (a rotavirus vaccine, child growth standards) offer alternatives for what might be lauded in medicine. These two examples and historical achievements regarding cholera and smallpox are worthy but do not fall within the scope of Nobel awards for Peace or Economics. The COVID-19 pandemic gives a new context for the idea that discovery and implementation are both keys to medicine. New patterns that redefine achievement in medicine could emerge by Nobel Prize precedent to promote greater health equity and international collaboration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number59
JournalInternational journal for equity in health
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Dr. Satin completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Bioethics following his residency in Family Medicine and Community Health, and a Robert Jones Scholarship in Philosophy to the University of St. Andrews. Dr. Satin’s research interests span the field of health systems science, with publications on ethics issues in health equity within quality improvement, behavioral economics, and public health.

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© 2021, The Author(s).

Copyright:
Copyright 2021 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Global medicine
  • Health equity
  • Impact
  • Implementation science
  • Malaria
  • Nobel prizes
  • Public health
  • Research priorities
  • Vaccine

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Letter

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