Penicillin Man: Alexander Flemming and the Antibiotic Revolution

Penicillin Man: Alexander Flemming and the Antibiotic Revolution

by Kevin Brown


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Penicillin has affected the lives of everyone, and has exerted a powerful hold on the popular imagination since its first use in 1941. The story of its development from a chance observation in 1928 by Alexander Fleming to a life-saving drug is compelling and exciting. It revolutionized healthcare and turned the modest, self-effacing Fleming into a world hero. This book tells the story of the man and his discovery set against a background of the transformation of medical research from nineteenth-century individualism through to teamwork and modern-day international big business (pharmaceutical companies like Fisors, Distillers, or Beecham (Smith Kline)). Now, sixty years after the antibiotic revolution, when there are fears that the days of antibiotics are numbered it has never been more timely to look at the beginnings.

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ISBN-13: 9780750931533
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 12/25/2005
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 900,284
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.78(h) x 1.08(d)

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Penicillin Man: Alexander Flemming and the Antibiotic Revolution 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alexander Fleming was responsible for the discovering penicillin, but others were responsible for the actual development of the drug into an effective antibiotic. Credit to all involved, and not just to Alexander Fleming. The book inspires hope for those afflicted with bacterial infections, but also caution and disappointment, because like many antibiotics; it was not the "magic bullet" scientists were seeking. Points to microbial evolution and increased awareness of resistance in the microbial world. The pre-antibiotic era may one day be a real reality for those of us who have used and perhaps abuse the administration and use of antibiotics. Research and development in antibiotic therapies has been in decline and there has been few, if any new antibiotics developed in the last 20 years. Frightening prospect given the horror stories of people who have entered the hospital only to die from a hospital acquired infection.