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Howard Florey, Alexander Fleming and the Fairy Tale of Penicillin

Peter D Goldsworthy and Alexander C McFarlane
Med J Aust 2002; 176 (4): 176-178.

The Story of Penicillin that we were taught as children was a simple story of how Alexander Fleming searched in vain for antibacterial agents until Penicillium mould spores drifted through his open laboratory window onto a plate of bacteria and killed them.

Peter D Goldsworthy, MB BS, General Practitioner; and Author1
Alexander C McFarlane, MB BS (Hons), MD, Dip Psychother, FRANZCP, Professor of Psychiatry2
1 Private practice, Adelaide, SA.
2 Department of Psychiatry, Adelaide University, and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woodville South, SA.
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