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Bulletin of the World Health Organization

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Bull World Health Organ vol.80 n.12 Genebra Jan. 2002 

Prize goes to authors of Public Health Classic

Dilip Mahalanabis, Nathaniel Pierce, Norbert Hirschborn and David Nalin, who together pioneered oral rehydration therapy, have been awarded the first Pollin Prize for Paediatric Research. Their discovery was hailed by the Lancet as "the most important medical discovery of the 20th century". It was reported by Mahalabis et al. in the Johns Hopkins Medical Journal in January 1973, reprinted by the Bulletin as a Public Health Classic in May 2001 (Bulletin, 79: 471-9). The treatment is credited with saving 40 million lives in the last 30 years.