Science: Penicillin for Man & Beast

Caumsett Spitfire was dying of pneumonia. He had a 105.5° fever, a racking cough shook his 800-pound frame. Despite huge doses of sulfanilamide and an oxygen tent, he grew steadily weaker. Then Spitfire, a purebred Guernsey bull, achieved a measure of immortality—he became the first animal (outside a laboratory) to be treated with penicillin. WPB, which now has plentiful supplies for all serious cases, let his veterinarian have 2,500,000 units (normal human dose: 1,000,000 units). At week's end, the news from Hardwick, Mass. was better: after a few gigantic shots, Spitfire seemed definitely improved.


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