Medicine: Penicillin Week

The wonder drug penicillin is scheduled to go on sale in U.S. drugstores this week though actual marketing may be a little late, since the Pure Food and Drug Administration must okay individual products.* Only a few cities and states (e.g. New York City, Pennsylvania, Florida) prohibit the sale of penicillin without a prescription.

Physicians wondered what would happen. Did people generally know what the wonder drug is good for? Only years of hard work in laboratories and clinics will finally determine what sulfa and penicillin will and will not do. But doctors are now reasonably certain that:

¶ Penicillin, given by...

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