YOUR MEDICAL HISTORY

January 11th in history:

Freaky Friday

Doctors made a medical breakthrough on January 11th in 1922, when they used insulin from animals to treat diabetes for the first time.  The first diabetic to get an insulin shot was a 14-year-old boy in Toronto.

Another medical milestone on January 11th came in 1964 — the day of the infamous “surgeon general’s warning” that cigarette smoking could cause cancer.  That original warning from Dr. Luther Terry led to the disclaimer on every pack of smokes made in the U.S.

Something else considered hazardous to your health: LSD. The Swiss chemist considered the “father” of LSD, Albert Hoffman, was born on January 11th in 1906.

It wasn’t LSD that led to a “Freaky Friday,” but a strange body switch between a mother and daughter. The book “Freaky Friday,” which has inspired three movie versions since 1976, was written by Mary Rodgers, born January 11th, 1931. Mary was the daughter of Broadway composer Richard Rodgers, and she also wrote the music for the show “Once Upon a Mattress.”

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