Ernest Duchesne and the concept of fungal antibiotic therapy

  title={Ernest Duchesne and the concept of fungal antibiotic therapy},
  author={S. Duckett},
  journal={The Lancet},
  • S. Duckett
  • Published 1999
  • Medicine
  • The Lancet
  • On Dec 17, 1897, Ernest Duchesne (figure), a 23-yearold medical student, presented and defended his thesis entitled Contribution to the study of vital competition between microorganisms: antagonism between moulds and microbes at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of Lyon, France. He proposed a revolutionary concept, namely that a vital competition for survival occurred between fungi and bacteria, and that this phenomenon could be exploited for therapeutic purposes. Since at least 1500 BC… CONTINUE READING
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