Medicine: Penicillin Echoes

Before the last echoes of penicillin's wonder-working died away, a fresh piece of news set the echoes going again. Last week, through hospital corridors all over the U.S., the news was: penicillin may be effective against late syphilis. Doctors already knew that penicillin was effective against early syphilis (TIME, Oct. 25). But late syphilis is much more difficult to cope with.

Since last September, the Office of Scientific Research and Development has sponsored the use of penicillin on more than 1,000 syphilitics at all stages of the disease. Doses ranged up to...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!