Penicillin: Triumph and Tragedy

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Oxford University Press, 2007 - Medical - 330 pages
Penicillin is the drug of the twentieth century. It was the first of the antibiotics that, for decades after the Second World War, underpinned a popular belief that the threat of infectious disease had at last met its match. With the emergence of 'superbugs' these hopes have faded. Robert Bud pulls these different but conjoined stories into a compelling narrative: using a wealth of new research, he sets the discovery and use of penicillin in the broader context of social and cultural change across the world. His book will be of great interest to historians, scientists, and anyone wishing to understand this drug's seismic impact on our lives.
 

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Contents

PenicillinChemical and Brand
1
1 Illness Drugs and Wonder Drugs before Penicillin
4
2 Penicillin from Organized Science
23
3 Creating the Brand in the Era of Propaganda
54
4 Making Penicillin across the World
75
5 The Carefree Culture and the Third Industrial Revolution
97
6 Fighting Resistance with Technology
116
7 Doctors Patients and the Brand
140
9 In Face of Catastrophe
192
Revolution and Tragedy
213
Acknowledgements
217
Permissions
219
Notes
223
Bibliography
281
Index
319
Copyright

8 Animals Resistance and Committees
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About the author (2007)

Robert Bud is Head of Information and Research, Science Museum, London.

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