The 1970 Nobel Prize for medicine was awarded jointly to three men for their discoveries on the working of nerve ends in the body which has shed light on how drugs affect the nervous system.
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Dr Axelrod interviewed
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 2: DR. AXELROD: "I drove my wife down to a friend to go to a teachers' meeting and then I went to a dentist. I didn't know whether I had an 8-30 appointment or a 9-30 appointment, I thought I'd take a chance, and as I walked in, my dentist had a big grin on his face. "You just won a peace prize", he said, a Nobel Peace Prize." He's a great joker and then I had a mouth stuffed full of cotton and he sort of convinced me that something was happening. And then I believed it. Somebody called me on the telephone at the dentist's office and asked me to say something how I feel etc. you know. I was numb at the time. A state of shock."
REPORTER: "What do you plan to do in the future, Doctor?"
DR. AXELROD: "Continue as I'm doing. I think life will be changed a little because of this but I hope to continue the way I've been going on".
REPORTER: "What was the size of the prize you'll be sharing?"
DR.AXELROD: "I haven't the slightest idea. I really don't know, I haven't thought about that yet, I just don't know."
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Background: The 1970 Nobel Prize for medicine was awarded jointly to three men for their discoveries on the working of nerve ends in the body which has shed light on how drugs affect the nervous system.
The three men sharing the prize were Sir Bernard Katz of London, Professor Ulf Euler of Stockholm and Dr. Julius Axelrod of the United States.
Dr. Axelrod explains the rather unusual circumstances in which he learned of his share in the GBP33,000 (80,000 dollar) prize.