Dr. Yellapragada SubbaRow – He lived so that you could live longer
January 27, 2016 Leave a comment
Dr. Yellapragada Subbarow was one of the most important biochemists and scientists of not only India but of the entire world in the 20th century. He led one of the most important medical researches in the USA during World War Two.
- He discovered the role of phosphocreatine and adenosine triphosphate (ATP) as an energy source in the cell. This lead to the foundation of biochemistry and all the further discoveries in this field are directly or indirectly influenced by this.
- He developed methotrexate for the treatment of cancer. This, without a doubt, is the single most important drug for the treatment of innumerable cancers. He has literally saved millions of life through this drug.
- He discovered Diethylcarbamazine. This drug is the only good treatment available for filariasis or elephant foot, which if not treated, makes the life of the patient a living hell.
- Working under Subbarow’s guidance, Benjamin Duggar made his discovery of the world’s first tetracycline antibiotic, Aureomycin, in 1945. Aureo is the Latin word for Gold, meaning that it ushered the Golden Era of Antibiotics where millions of death will be prevented.