Thank you to a dutiful wife

Dr. E. Donnall Thomas received a Nobel Prize in 1990 for his work establishing bone-marrow transplants as an effective weapon against blood diseases.

For years, his wife, Dorothy, worked alongside her husband, drawing blood from patients, checking lab results and doing background research. She even wrote and edited many of Donnall’s scientific papers, reports The Week in its January 30, 2015, issue.

If Donnall is the father of bone-marrow transplantation, said George Santos, then a transplant specialist at John Hopkins, “then Dottie Thomas is the mother.”

Thank you to Dorothy, who died earlier this year. And, thank you, too, to many other dutiful wives who haven’t received the credit they deserve.

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