Mold in Dr. Florey's Coat The Story of the Penicillin Miracle

ISBN-10: 0805077782

ISBN-13: 9780805077780

Edition: 2005

Authors: Eric Lax

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"Admirable, superbly researched . . . perhaps the most exciting tale of science since the apple dropped on Newton's head." —Simon Winchester, The New York Times Alexander Fleming's discovery of penicillin in his London laboratory in 1928 and its eventual development as the first antibiotic by a team at Oxford University headed by Howard Florey and Ernst Chain in 1942 led to the introduction of the most important family of drugs of the twentieth century. Yet credit for penicillin is largely misplaced. Neither Fleming nor Florey and his associates ever made real money from their achievements; instead it was the American labs that won patents on penicillin's manufacture and drew royalties from its sale. Why this happened, why it took fourteen years to develop penicillin, and how it was finally done is a fascinating story of quirky individuals, missed opportunities, medical prejudice, brilliant science, shoestring research, wartime pressures, misplaced modesty, conflicts between mentors and their protégés, and the passage of medicine from one era to the next.
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 2/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Introduction: The Reclaimed Life
The Quiet Scot
The Rough Colonial Genius
The Money Talks
The Temperamental Continental
The Micro Master
"Without Heatley, No Penicillin"
Eight Mice
Blitzed
"Will These Plans Come to Grief?"
The Friend in Deed
The Kilo That Never Came
The Laurel Wreath of Credit
The Thinking in Stockholm
The Makers of Great Medicine
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
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