Penicillin Notatum Culture

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Penicillin Notatum Culture: Trustees of The Army Medical Services Museum

Original culture for the antibiotic penicillinAn original example of the Penicillin Notatum culture, discovered in 1928 by Sir Alexander Fleming, it was presented to Major General D C Munro of The Royal College of Surgeons in 1944. Sir Alexander Fleming had served in the Royal Army Medical Corps with the rank of Captain during World War One and was mentioned in dispatches for his services there. Penicillin transformed the treatment of bacterial infection. Penicillin antibiotics are significant because they were the first drugs to be effective against serious diseases such as syphilis, gangrene and tuberculosis. Fleming's work was prompted by his experience of seeing so many soldiers die from infected wounds.

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