Medicine: Stretching Penicillin

One trouble with the wonder drug penicillin is that it stays only a brief hour or so in the bloodstream, is then lost, chiefly in the urine. Two ways of making the precious drug do double-duty were announced last week:

¶ About 30% of the penicillin can be recovered from urine by a simple extraction process. Dr. Lawrence Henry Sophian, of the U.S. Marine Hospital on New York's Staten Island, now uses reclaimed penicillin for gonorrhea patients, tells how he reclaims it in the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine.

¶ To prolong penicillin's stay in the blood, Army Captain Monroe James...

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