Medicine: Overworked Remedy

Penicillin is still the safest of all drugs, considering the good it does, and it is still enormously effective against some kinds of germs—Dr. Maxwell Finland of Harvard Medical School grants penicillin all that. But, he warned New England colleagues last week, it has lost much of its punch against germs of the staphylococcus group. Reason: it has been too widely used.

In a recent series of staphylococcus infections at Boston City Hospital, Dr. Finland found that three times out of four, the germs came of a strain that had learned to defy penicillin. Since many of the patients had never had...

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