Wook Kim
April 09, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Mold In Dr. Florey's Coat

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Eric Lax
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it a B

Standard textbooks credit one Alexander Fleming for the discovery and development of penicillin. In fact, the story behind the world’s first antibiotic was a 12-year saga involving the tireless energies of several brilliant minds. Lax adeptly chronicles the triumphs of visionary researchers in a shoestring-budget laboratory as well as the seething jealousies of academic rivals and greedy pharmaceutical firms, giving a little-known story an invigorating, uh, shot in the arm.

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