Dunn School Head reflects on Penicillin Anniversary and Birth of the Antibiotic Era
- 3 February 2016
February 12th marks the 75th anniversary of the first therapeutic dose of penicillin being administered to Albert Alexander in 1941, a policeman in the Radcliffe Infirmary on Woodstock Road.
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Its link to the penicillin story has given the Dunn School one of the permanent top spots in the annals of biomedical history.
Head of Department, Matthew Freeman said: "this was the birth of the antibiotic era and, unsurprisingly, was recently voted as the greatest medical discovery of the 20th century. It’s a great story (though sadly Albert Alexander died because they did not have enough penicillin for a complete course)."
Find out more (Sir William Dunn School of Pathology website)