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Dr Albert "Dr. Al" Sjoerdsma
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Birth: Aug. 28, 1924
Lansing
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: Feb. 27, 2014
Southern Shores
Dare County
North Carolina, USA

Physician, National Institutes of Health Scientist. Considered the Father of Clinical Pharmacology. His work began while he discovered the hypertensive effects of the neurotransmitter seratonin. He then discovered carcinoid syndrome, which is caused by a tumor in the gastrointestinal tract or the lungs, and which gained him international fame. He was also responsible for the development of the drugs Aldomet, which was innovative in the treatment of high blood pressure, Sabril, the first anti-epileptic which became the drug of choice for an infantile spasm disorder, Ornidyl, the first drug with a 100% cure rate in the treatment of African Sleeping Sickness as well as hirsutism, or excessive hairiness, Seldane, the first ever non-sedating antihistamine widely used to treat seasonal allergies, later called Allegra, and others. In addition, Dr. Sjoerdsma had a lab devoted to research on parasitic diseases, as well as more traditional cancer and heart disease programs. He also contributed to the early treatment of AIDS patients. The book "Starting with Serotonin," written about him by his daughter, allows non-scientists to enter the world of medical science and helps them understand the work scientists do in the laboratory to obtain the data they need to develop concepts, discover the underlying causes of diseases, and their hopes of discovering new drugs. Dr. Sjoerdsma published more than 300 scientific papers, received numerous awards and honors, and held a dozen patents.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Sieberen Sjoerdsma (1901 - 1997)
  Agnes Vander Giessen Sjoerdsma (1901 - 1969)
 
 Sibling:
  Albert Sjoerdsma (1924 - 2014)
  Peter H Sjoerdsma (1936 - 2016)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
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HUSBAND - FATHER - PHYSICIAN - SCIENTIST

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Burial:
Southern Shores Cemetery
Southern Shores
Dare County
North Carolina, USA
 
Created by: Daddys♥Girl
Record added: Mar 23, 2014
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Dr Albert Dr. Al Sjoerdsma
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- Daddys♥Girl
 Added: Dec. 2, 2016

- ANEWLEAF
 Added: Aug. 25, 2015
Happy Birthday, Dr. Al!
- Daddys♥Girl
 Added: Aug. 28, 2014
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