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The mold in Dr. Florey's coat : the story of the penicillin miracle

Author: Eric Lax
Publisher: New York : H. Holt, 2004.
Series: Mold in Doctor Florey's coat
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Named Person: Howard Florey, Baron Florey; Norman George Heatley; Ernst Boris Chain; Howard Florey, Baron Florey; Norman George Heatley; Ernst Boris Chain
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Lax
ISBN: 0805067906 9780805067903
OCLC Number: 52727654
Notes: "A John Macrae book."
Description: 307 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction : reclaimed life --
Quiet Scot --
Rough colonial genius --
Money talks --
Temperamental continental --
Micro master --
"Without Heatley, no penicillin" --
Eight mice --
Blitzed --
"Will these plans come to grief?" --
Friend in deed --
Kilo that never came --
Laurel wreath of credit --
Thinking in Stockholm --
Makers of great medicine.
Series Title: Mold in Doctor Florey's coat
Other Titles: Mold in Doctor Florey's coat
Responsibility: Eric Lax.
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Chronicles the true story of the Oxford scientists who discovered penicillin by experimenting on mold, creating a family of drugs that would eradicate some of the worst diseases in human history.  Read more...

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