Essay on Paul Ehrlich and His Advancements to the World of Medicine

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Paul Ehrlich and His Advancements to the World of Medicine

The German bacteriologist Paul Ehrlich made important advances to the world of medicine. He is best remembered for his development of the arsenic compound number 606, which was used as a treatment of syphilis. As a Nobel Prize Winner and an honored scientist, fellow scientists and doctors praise Paul Ehrlich for his contributions. Ehrlich led a wonderful and intriguing life, which is greatly admired. Paul Ehrlich was born on March 14, 1854 in Strehlen Prussia. He was the son of a prosperous Jewish family. Ismar Ehrlich and Rosa (Weigert) Ehrlich, Paul's parents, were both from scientific backgrounds. It was not surprising that he had an attraction to the realm of
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Through staining experiments, he discovered the tubercule bacilli. With this discovery, Ehrlich collaborated with Robert Koch and undertook the first treatment of patients with tuberculosis in the Moabit Hospital located in Berlin. Paul Ehrlich married a nineteen-year-old Hedwig Pinkus in 1883. Almost a year later Ehrlich made titular professor at Berlin. In 1887, he became a teacher at the University of Berlin but because of anti-Semitic feelings, he was not paid. Ehrlich contracted tuberculosis because of his

laboratory work. He and his wife went to Egypt so he could recover and they returned three years later in 1890. With the discovery of Koch's new tuberculin treatment Ehrlich never had a recurrence. In the same year, Robert Koch appointed Ehrlich as one of his assistants at the Institute for Infectious Diseases. Here, Ehrlich begins the immunological studies that make him famous. Ehrlich first developed the side-chain theory in which he demonstrated how one of the two different chemical groups in the toxin molecule aligns the toxin molecule to the side-chains or receptors, which exposing the cell to damage. In 1907, he synthesized several hundred derivative compounds from atoxyl. Ehrlich's work was dedicated mainly to the study of chemotherapy. He wanted to find chemical substances that have special
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