The invention of Penecillan
The dicovery of pennecilin
- 1938- Dr. Howard Florey started developing penicillin and began doing extensive research on the mold. He and Dr. Ernest Chain partnered up and successfully extracted many series of penicillin mold fluids.
- Summer 1940- An experiment done on 50 mice infected with streptococcus was performed. The half treated with penicillin survived, while the other half died horrible deaths. This made Florey feel confident enough to test penicillin on humans.
- September 1940- Albert Alexander was treated with penicillin. After a few days of injections Alexander began to recover, but unfortunate they did not have enough penicillin to eradicate the infection. Alexander died.
- 1941- Shortly after the US entered World War ll a new strain of the penicillin mold was discovered. It yielded over 200 times more doses than the old strain of penicillin. The penicillin was mass produced and saved thousands of lives in the war.
The Impact of penicillin
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