Medicine: Penicillin's Progress

The new wonder drug penicillin (TIME, Feb. 8) is doing even better than expected. In the Lancet, Britain's H. W. Florey, who first sponsored the drug, recently described the largest series to date of penicillin-treated (and usually cured) cases. The patients had osteomyelitis, septicemia, eye infections, meningitis, chronic infected wounds. Findings:

>Unlike sulfa drugs, penicillin has not yet shown any harmful effects. A patient's appetite often increases; his anemia may improve.

> Best way to give penicillin is by injections into muscle or (in localized wounds and infections) by salve, powder or solution. Results...

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