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Penicillin Man: Alexander Fleming and the Antibiotic Revolution Paperback – December 25, 2005

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Kevin Brown has been Trust Archivist and Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum Curator at St Mary's NHS Trust, Paddington since 1989. Educated at Hertford College, Oxford and at University College, London, he is chairman of the London Museums of Health and Medicine.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (December 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750931531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750931533
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,341,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By George M. Brenner on August 2, 2014
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This is an excellent history of the long road to the use of penicillin for treating infectious diseases. The book provides interesting background about Fleming, his family, his career, and his personality that impacted his discovery of penicillin and influenced his attempts to isolate the drug in sufficient quantities for animal and clinical testing. Fleming's attempt to seek help with the purification of penicillin are placed in perspective with his demanding responsibilities and his inability to excite others about this work. The book concludes with the story of how Flory and Chain accomplished what Fleming could not, and were able to bring this wonder drug to the world in time to save many lives during World War II and for years after.
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