The Mold In Dr. Florey's Coat 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… The Mold In Dr. Florey's Coat 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… 2004-04-12 Nonfiction
Book Review

The Mold In Dr. Florey's Coat (2004)

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B

Details Release Date: Apr 12, 2004; Writer: Eric Lax; Genre: Nonfiction

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.

Originally posted Apr 09, 2004 Published in issue #759 Apr 09, 2004 Order article reprints