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Mould in Dr. Florey’s Coat: The Remarkable True Story of the Penicillin Miracle
Eric Lax (au)
In 1928 Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin’s antibiotic potential by chance while examining a stray mould that had bloomed in a dish of bacteria. But Fleming was unable to isolate penicillin from the medium it grows in. That he is merely one character in the story of the antibiotic’s development. The others are Howard Florey, an Australian who in 1935 became Prof. of Pathology at Oxford Univ.; the German Jewish émigré Ernst Chain; & the Englishman Norman Heatley, whose practical genius was critical. Against the backdrop of WW2, it was these 3 men & their colleagues at the Sir William Dunn School who battled against a lack of money, a lack of resources, & even each other to develop a drug that would change the world. Illustrations.
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