Thorn, George W.
American endocrinologist (1906-2004) who was a pioneer in the use of cortisone for treating Addison’s disease; a member of the medical team responsible for the first successful kidney transplant; and editor-in-chief of Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, a key medical textbook. Dr. Thorn served for three decades as Chief of Medicine at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, now known as Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston. He was instrumental in inspiring the wealthy industrialist Howard Hughes to donate money for medical research which eventually led to the creation of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 1953.
- Thrive, failure to (FTT)
Refers to a child whose physical growth is significantly less than that of peers. There is no official consensus on what constitutes FTT. It usually refers to a child whose growth is below the 3rd or 5th percentiles for their age or whose growth has fallen off precipitously and crossed two major growth percentiles (for […]
A procedure to remove a clot (thrombus).
The throat is the anterior (front) portion of the neck beginning at the back of the mouth, consisting anatomically of the pharynx and larynx. The throat contains the trachea and a portion of the esophagus.
An enzyme that presides over the conversion of a substance called fibrinogen to fibrin, which promotes blood clotting.
Better known today as prothrombin, a coagulation (clotting) factor needed for the normal clotting of blood. There is a cascade of biochemical events that leads to the formation of the final clot. In this cascade, prothrombin is a precursor to thrombin. Because prothrombin comes before thrombin, it is called prothrombin. The prothrombin time is a […]