Murphy, William P.

Murphy, William P. (Parry)

(1892–1987) hematologist; born in Stoughton, Wis. He was a staff member of several New England hospitals before starting private practice in Brookline, Mass. (1923–87), concurrently working at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston (1923–73) and Harvard Medical School (1923–58). Murphy and collaborator George Minot received one-half the 1934 Nobel Prize in physiology for devising dietary liver and liver extract therapy for patients with pernicious anemia. Murphy continued to practice hematology, remaining active at Harvard and Brigham after retirement.
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