Medicine: Germs, Wounds, Vitamins

A new drug, a thousand times as powerful as sulfanilamide, excited members of the American College of Surgeons, who met in Boston for some clinical shoptalk last week. Other topics that absorbed the 3,000 visitors were the old problem of toughening up healing wounds, the vital question of surgery in Britain.

Gramicidin. Three years ago, Dr. Rene Jules Dubos of the Rockefeller Institute discovered a germ-killer brewed by bacteria that live in the soil (TIME, April 15, 1940). A product of chemical warfare between germs, the brew, called gramicidin, overcomes certain streptococci, staphylococci, pneumococci. In tests on animals and humans it is...

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