Pomp and Pestilence; Infectious Disease It's Origins and Conquest.
by HARE Ronald (1899-1986).
London:: Scientific Book Club Edition [Gollancz], n.d. (c. 1954)., 1954. 8vo. 224 pp. Index. Lime-green maroon-stamped cloth, dust-jacket; jacket worn and chipped. Pages age darkened. Good. Hare, a lab assistant working at St. Mary's Hospital in 1928, unraveled the series of accidents leading to the discovery of penicillin. "Penicillium grows at a temperature (20 C) different from the Staphylococcus (35 C). What had happened in Fleming's Laboratory? First, the Penicillium had floated in the window from another Laboratory downstairs and settled on an agar plate streaked with Staphylococcus. For some reason Fleming did not put that particular dish in the refrigerator, but left it on his bench before going on holiday. Consulting the meteorological records for London for the end of July 1929- the year of discovery - Ronald Hare found that there had been an exceptionally cool period of nine days (favouring the growth of the mold), after which the temperature rose (thus favouring the growth of the Staphylococcus). The Penicillium was by that stage producing such quantities of its miraculous antibiotic that when Fleming returned from holiday he noted the destruction of the Staphylococcus. Without those nine cool days nothing would have happened. Professor Ronald Hare was Professor of Bacteriology at the University of London from 1946 to 1964. In 1936 he was appointed Research Associate at the University of Toronto and later was largely responsible for the planning and building of the Penicillin Production unit set up by the Canadian Government" (Penicillin and a Series of Fortunate Events, BMJ, May 17, 2007).
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