RT Video/DVD DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 39236268 LA English T1 Penicillin discovering the truth A1 Films for the Humanities (Firm), PB Films for the Humanities & Sciences PP Princeton, N.J. YR 1998 AB (Producer) Although Alexander Fleming is usually credited with the discovery of penicillin in 1928, no penicillin-based antibiotic was actually developed for human use until 1938 through the work of Austrian pathologist Howard Florey and German biochemist Ernst Chain. This program puts Fleming's contribution in scientific perspective. Live interviews, journal accounts, and archival footage lead the viewer through the discovery of the drug from a by-product of the tiny fungus, Penicillium notatum. The roles played by luck, politics, and society both in scientific research and bestowing credit for the discovery are explored. A BBC Production. Original BBC broadcast title: The Mold, the Myth and the Microbe.