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Penicillin : the magic bullet

Author: Gordon GlennDenise HaratzisMartin JacobsFred WhitlockBrett ClimoAll authors
Publisher: 2006.
Series: Storyline Australia (Television program)
Edition/Format:   DVD video : PAL color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the late 1920s, a Scot named Alexander Fleming chanced upon a mould called penicillium. He conducted a series of laboratory tests and discovered that the mould could kill bacteria. Although the mould seemed to have medical possibilities, Fleming was unable to isolate the active substance. Ten years later, at the outbreak of the Second World War, Howard Florey, an Australian working at the Sir William Dunn School
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Genre/Form: Documentary television programs
History
Named Person: Howard Florey, Baron Florey; Alexander Fleming; Ernst Boris Chain; Ernst Boris Chain; Alexander Fleming; Howard Florey, Baron Florey
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Gordon Glenn; Denise Haratzis; Martin Jacobs; Fred Whitlock; Brett Climo; Jasper Bagg; Lew Luton; SBS Independent.
OCLC Number: 271061871
Language Note: Close captioned.
Credits: Writer/Director, Gordon Glenn ; Editor, Denise Haratzis.
Performer(s): Narrator, Martin Jacobs ; Voices, Howard Florey (by Fred Whitlock) ; Norman Heatley (by Brett Climo) ; Ernst Chain (by Jasper Bagg) ; Alexander Fleming (by Lew Luton).
Reproduction Notes: An off-air recording of a television broadcast copied under Part VA, Copyright Act (Australia) 1968 for the University of Ballarat.
Event notes: This television program was broadcast in Australia by SBS-TV on January 21, 2007, 2030-2130h.
Description: 1 videodisc (55 min.) : sd., color ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD-video; all regions; PAL; Dolby digital 2.0 audio. Widescreen.
Series Title: Storyline Australia (Television program)
Responsibility: a Film Finance Corporation and Arcimedia Productions production in association with Film Victoria.

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"In the late 1920s, a Scot named Alexander Fleming chanced upon a mould called penicillium. He conducted a series of laboratory tests and discovered that the mould could kill bacteria. Although the mould seemed to have medical possibilities, Fleming was unable to isolate the active substance. Ten years later, at the outbreak of the Second World War, Howard Florey, an Australian working at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology in Oxford, found Fleming's article.

This documentary is the unlikely and chaotic story of how an Australian created the greatest medicine in the world. This documentary looks at how unlocking the secret of the unstable penicillium mould was "like trying to herd butterflies" and tracks the two strenuous years it took, with almost no money and only basic equipment, for the Oxford team to extract a thimble-full of powder."--SBS-TV.

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