Jacob Sheskin

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Professor Sheskin (center, in suit and tie) and his research team at the Jerusalem Hospital in 1980

Professor Jacob Sheskin, sometimes known as Sheskin Jacob (Hebrew: יעקב שסקין‎‎; 1914 in Vilna, Russia – April 17, 1999 in Jerusalem) was an Israeli physician best known for his 1964 serendipitous discovery that thalidomide can be used as a treatment for leprosy at Hadassah University in Jerusalem.[1]


Professor Sheskin's medal



  1. ^ "Thalidomide chronology". Grünenthal. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  2. ^ "מקבלי התואר יקיר ירושלים בשנים עברו:". unknown. Archived from the original on 2011-06-17. Retrieved 2009-07-27.