Talk:James Black (pharmacologist)

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Cimetidine[edit]

There needs to be an entry on his work with the SmithKline&French H2-receptor antagonist programm that produced cimetidine (tagamet) which made ulcers managable, earned SK&F billions, allowed them to expand hugely into research, and probably cemented the Nobel Prize for him. I don't think propanolol alone would have done that. Rather it was one of the first successful pursuits of rational drug design. Someone in the know might add the interesting story about how SK&F failed to patent the equivalent ranitidine. A link to H₂-receptor antagonist might also be appropriate.--Beanmf 15:19, 10 February 2007 (UTC)

Alumnus of Dundee?[edit]

James W Black graduated (Medicine) from the University of St Andrews in 1946. What was to become University of Dundee was called "University College" at that time, Queen's College of St Andrews University operated between 1954 and 1967. By this stage in his career, he was working with ICI Pharma and Smith, Kline & French. → friedfish 13:05, 7 November 2006 (UTC)

Are we obscuring his significance?[edit]

The article has been nominated to be featured on the main page in connection with his death. The nominator states that he is the inventor of the beta blocker. That obviously is very significant. However, the introduction section of the article attributes to him "work leading to the discovery of Propranolol and Cimetidine." Does this equate to the former? If so, that should be stated explicitly, because most people will not have the requisite knowledge to gather this from what is currently presented. __meco (talk) 08:28, 25 March 2010 (UTC)

I'm currently working on the article to improve it (regardless of whether or not it goes on ITN). I'm not familiar with the subject so I'm just adding info as I can find it and I'm not a scientist by any stretch of the imagination, so I honestly don't know (from a scientific point of view) which is the more significant achievement. Any help would be appreciated- I can write a biography, but I struggle with the scientific stuff! HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 08:39, 25 March 2010 (UTC)

Was he ever in the military?[edit]

if not why, his age seems to correspond well with world war II. 71.218.133.45 (talk) 04:03, 27 March 2010 (UTC)

I haven't seen anything to support that in any of the sources, but I will have a look- you're right about the dates, it hadn;t occured to me. Like I say, I'll have a look. Thanks, HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 06:27, 27 March 2010 (UTC)

External Link[edit]

Please consider adding this link to an in depth video of Sir James Black telling his life story. The video is freely available on the Web of Stories website (http://webofstories.com):

Fitzrovia calling (talk) 09:33, 11 October 2010 (UTC)