discovery, development and subsequent use of penicillin
can be considered to be one of the most important breakthroughs
in medical history.
prevents a large number of germs from growing. As it
is an organic substance it can be used on, or in, the
human body. This meant that for the first time something
was available that could, potentially, prevent the decay
of the body or infection from germs whilst operating.
immediate impact of the discovery is clear. The drug
was developed quickly in the War years by the American
government. By developing the drug so readily and so
quickly the US Governemtn prevented many soliers from
having war wounds becoming infected: the drug therefore
saved a lot of lives and, it could be argued, played
a role in helping to win the war for the Allies.
within this unit
is an Infectious Disease? A
Glossary of Infectious Diseases, Edward
Jenner, Louis Pasteur,
Robert Koch, Vaccination,
The Development of Drugs, Paul
Ehrlich, Gerhard Domagk,
Howard Florey and Ernst
importance of Penicillin, Factors
affecting the development of drugs and treatments.
within the Unit
activity checks your knowledge of infectious disease
and Drop game
you know who developed each form of medicine?
against Infectious Disease
the information in this unit to answer a detailed
question, then see how it compares with a suggested
response. Ideal revision tool.
did a Cow called Daisy save the world?
inquiry into the development of Penicillin.
of these fierce rivals was the greatest?
range of source based questions with prompts to
help you improve your written answers.