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Alexander Fleming, the man and the myth

Author: Gwyn Macfarlane
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1984.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The story of penicillin has become the story of Alexander Fleming: world opinion has conferred upon him sole credit for what is arguably the single most important medical discovery ever made. Gwyn Macfalane's sensitive analysis of this much-mytholigized area of medical history makes a persuasive case for a major reappraisal of Fleming's role. Macfarlane, the widely acclaimed author of Howard Florey, discusses  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
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Macfarlane, Gwyn, 1907-
Alexander Fleming, the man and the myth.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1984
(OCoLC)563149208
Online version:
Macfarlane, Gwyn, 1907-
Alexander Fleming, the man and the myth.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1984
(OCoLC)605570159
Named Person: Alexander Fleming; Alexander Fleming, Sir; Alexander Fleming; Alexander Fleming
Material Type: Biography, Conference publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gwyn Macfarlane
ISBN: 0674014901 9780674014909
OCLC Number: 9893971
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xiv, 304 pages, [9] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Gwyn Macfarlane.

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The story of penicillin has become the story of Alexander Fleming: world opinion has conferred upon him sole credit for what is arguably the single most important medical discovery ever made. Gwyn Macfalane's sensitive analysis of this much-mytholigized area of medical history makes a persuasive case for a major reappraisal of Fleming's role. Macfarlane, the widely acclaimed author of Howard Florey, discusses Fleming's background and personality, this impressive rise in the medical profession, the crucial discoveries of 1928, and the public recognition and adulation of the 1940s. His account is as compelling a study of human behavior as it is a careful examination of scientific discovery.

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