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Joseph Holland Burchenal (December 21, 1912 – March 8, 2006) was an American oncologist, and a winner of the 1972 Albert Lasker Award for Medical Research for his work on developing a chemotherapy for Burkitt's lymphoma.[1] His research with George Hitchings and Gertrude Elion led to the creation of the leukemia treatment mercaptopurine.[1][2] He worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and was a member of the presidential panel that initiated the U.S. federal government's War on Cancer.[3] Burchenal died in Hanover, New Hampshire on March 8, 2006. He was 93 years old.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Staff, ASCO. February 24, 2014 Oncology Luminaries: Dr. Joseph Burchenal (1912-2006)
  2. ^ Katherine Bouton for the New York Times. January 29, 1989 The Nobel Pair
  3. ^ Mukherjee, Siddhartha (2010). The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. New York. p. 184. ISBN 978-1439170915.
  4. ^ Jeremy Pearce for the New York Times. March 16, 2006 Dr. Joseph H. Burchenal, 93, Who Devised Cancer-Drug Therapy, Dies