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. His discovery of the drugs propranolol and pronethalol was "one of the few things that really deserves the moniker 'Landmark,'" Clyde Yancy, president of the American Heart Association, told the Associated Press. "Easily millions of patients have been helped with beta-blocking therapies."
Sir James Black Dies
Mar 23, 2010