Medicine: Mass Production

Theoretically, modern medicine might be called the "age of antibiotics." Actually, the new wonder drugs (like neomycin, see below) have been comparatively scarce and expensive because they had to be grown, slowly and tediously, from molds. Last week Detroit's Parke, Davis & Co. made a dramatic announcement: the first practical synthetic production of an important antibiotic, chloromycetin. The process means that chloromycetin will be quickly and cheaply available for any doctor. It may also point the way to mass production of other antibiotics.

Like most modern advances, the achievement was due to teamwork. But a large part of the credit goes to...

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