The Discovery of Penicillin

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Today we often take for granted just going to the doctor and getting medicine to fix any illness we may have or pain that we are feeling. There hasn’t always been the privileges that we have today, back in the 1800’s and early 1900’s it wasn’t uncommon for people and children to die from just a minor scratch, pinpricks, scarlet fever, or any minor diseases. Hospitals were full of people with infections spiraling out of control, but there wasn’t anything available for them. Our soldiers fighting for our freedom were destined to perish due to gangrene and amputations from battle wounds, the conditions were unsanitary and the simple dose of an antibiotic was unheard of. It is hard for our civilization to appreciate the medical…show more content…
Due to the introduction of penicillin during World War II the majority of our soldiers were able to return home to their families as healthy as they were before they left. World War II was the mightiest struggle mankind has ever seen. It killed more people, cost more money, damaged more property, affected more people, and caused more changes in nearly every country than any other war. Some researchers say that penicillin was the key top-secret weapon that helped the allies win World War II. At the end of World War II the medical advancements that had been discovered were then made available to the rest of civilization (Medicine and World War II). “If any good can be said to come of war, then the Second World War must go on record as assisting and accelerating one of the greatest blessings that the 20th Century has conferred on Man – the huge advances in medical knowledge and surgical techniques. War, by producing so many and such appalling casualties, and by creating such widespread conditions in which disease can flourish, confronted the medical profession with an enormous challenge – and the doctors of the world rose to the challenge of the last war magnificently,”- Brian Ford (Medicine and World War Two). With World War II at an end we have now began a whole new war. The war of “bugs vs.
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