Sir James Black Dies

Sir James Black, best known for his work in creating beta-blocker drugs in the 1960s, died yesterday, the BBC reports. He was 85. Black is also credited with inventing the first effective non-surgical treatment for peptic ulcers. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1988, and he was recognized with the UK's highest honor, the Order of Merit, in 2000.

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