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November 18, 2005


Lawrence M. Principe, a historian and chemist at the Johns Hopkins University, has received the History of Science Society's Pfizer Prize for an outstanding scholarly publication for his book, Alchemy Tried in the Fire: Starkey, Boyle, and the Fate of Helmontian Chymistry.

A professor in the Department of the History of Science and Technology and the Department of Chemistry, Principe wrote the book with William R. Newman, an Indiana University science historian.

Their book argues that historians should look to alchemist Joan Baptista Van Helmont and philosopher George Starkey for the origins of modern chemistry, rather than the scientists who normally get credit, such as Robert Boyle or Antoine Lavoisier. In 2004, Principe won the first Francis Bacon Prize from the California Institute of Technology, awarded to a scholar whose work has had substantial impact on the history of science.

Dr. Brian Berman, director of the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine, has won the prestigious Bravewell Leadership Award for Integrative Medicine.

The Bravewell Collaborative presents the $100,000 award to an innovator in the field of integrative medicine,which emphasizes treatment focusing on the whole patient - mind, body and spirit.

Berman has been cited for his landmark research, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in December 2004,showing that acupuncture is a safe and effective therapy for the treatment of arthritis.

Dr. Steven R. Gambert, physician-in-chief of the Department of Medicine at Sinai Hospital, has been selected by his peers as one of the "Best Doctors in America," a database of resources for patients, families and physicians.

Gambert came to Sinai Hospital in 1998 from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where he was professor of medicine and vice chairman of the Department of Medicine.

His specialties include medical education and the disciplines of geriatric medicine and endocrinology.


Dr. Dorothy A. Snow has been appointed the chief of staff for the Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System.

Snow will be responsible for the provision, coordination and supervision of all clinical services at the Baltimore and Perry Point VA Medical Centers, the Baltimore VA Rehabilitation & Extended Care Center and five communitybased outpatient clinics throughout the state.

Snow began her VA career as an intern in 1979 and has served in a variety of medical and administrative positions. She is also an associate professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

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