The time may come when penicillin can easily be bought by anyone in the shops then there is the danger that the ignorant man may easily underdose himself and by exposing his microbes to non lethal quantities of the drug make them resistant . Then as now there was a belief in the value of an autocrat and in 1943 a penicillin coordinator was appointed who was at least partially successful in boosting production nowadays he would be called a penicillin czar a curious title since the czars though undoubtedly autocratic were seldom efficient. In the preface to his tale of the discovery and development of penicillin kevin brown says this is the book i never intended to writethe story is medical legend fleming a modest man from st marys returned from holiday to find some mould growing in one of his discarded staphylococcus culture plates. Penicillin has affected the lives of everyone and has exerted a powerful hold on the popular imagination since its first use in 1941 the story of its development from a chance observation in 1928 by alexander fleming to a life saving drug is compelling and exciting. Penicillin man alexander fleming and the antibiotic revolution kevin brown sutton publishing pounds sterling2000 xi 300 pages isbn 0 7509 3152 3 alexander fleming has either been hailed as one of mankinds greatest benefactors or has been debunked by detractors
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