Howard Florey, Alexander Fleming and the fairy tale of penicillin

Ivo D Vellar, Thomas B Hugh, Peter D Goldsworthy and Alexander C McFarlane
Med J Aust 2002; 177 (1): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2002.tb04642.x
Published online: 1 July 2002

To the Editor: The patronising article by Goldsworthy and McFarlane on the discovery of penicillin1 depicts the popular heroic view of Alexander Fleming as a myth, but also promulgates myths of its own.

  • Ivo D Vellar
  • Thomas B Hugh
  • Peter D Goldsworthy
  • Alexander C McFarlane

  • 1 University of Melbourne Department of Surgery, St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 St Vincent's Clinic, Sydney, NSW.
  • 3 Private practice, Adelaide, SA.
  • 4 Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Health Sciences, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woodville South, SA.



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