Medicine: A Locketful of Mold

To dedicate the first building of their new Medical Research Foundation, Oklahomans wanted a big name. They picked Sir Alexander Fleming, discoverer of penicillin, and sat back to wait for an answer to their invitation through diplomatic channels. After ten days, General Manager Hugh Payne got tired of waiting, picked up his telephone and called Fleming in London; it took four minutes (and cost $8) to get Sir Alexander's acceptance.

Last week, with the temperature at 96°, the white-thatched Scot stood on a shaded platform in Oklahoma City, before 2,500 foundation supporters baking...

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