The Mystery of the Plate: Fleming's Discovery and Contribution to the Early Development of Penicillin

  title={The Mystery of the Plate: Fleming's Discovery and Contribution to the Early Development of Penicillin},
  author={Milton Wainwright},
  journal={Journal of Medical Biography},
  pages={59 - 65}
  • M. Wainwright
  • Published 1 February 1993
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of Medical Biography
The Moment: In the late summer of 1928 Alexander Heming (Figure 1) was unexpectedly called back to St Mary's Hospital from his holiday home in Suffolk. While passing time in his laboratory he casually glanced at some petri dishes that had been left on the bench. Suddenly he exclaimed "That's funny", and at that moment he had made what would prove to be one of the most important discoveries in the history of medicine Heming had discovered penicillin, the first and most important of the true… Expand
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