The Mold in Dr. Florey's Coat: The Story of the Penicillin Miracle

by Eric Lax | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 0805077782 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingFiregirlwing of Annandale, Virginia USA on 3/14/2016
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Journal Entry 1 by wingFiregirlwing from Annandale, Virginia USA on Monday, March 14, 2016
Science!

Journal Entry 2 by wingFiregirlwing at Annandale, Virginia USA on Thursday, March 02, 2017
Placing in the booklady331's nonfiction VBB.

Journal Entry 3 by wingFiregirlwing at Annandale, Virginia USA on Sunday, June 25, 2017

Released 2 yrs ago (6/25/2017 UTC) at Annandale, Virginia USA

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Sending out as part of a non-fiction VBB. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 4 by eponine38 at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Monday, July 03, 2017
Thank you, Firegirl! I've been wanting to read this for some time now.

Journal Entry 5 by eponine38 at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Friday, February 15, 2019
Though at times somewhat dry, this was overall a very interesting and enlightening read. I didn’t understand all the science but still learned a lot.
Many things surprised me:
• The difficulty of extraction, requiring a lot of work to obtain miniscule quantities of the antibiotic
• The constraints (both financial and logistical) that WWII put on the work, particularly the dangers of international travel
• The fact that Florey and his colleagues really did most of the work to isolate and develop penicillin, while Fleming got almost all the credit (including the Nobel Prize) for having first observed its bacteria-killing properties
• The fact that most of today’s pharmaceutical companies already existed in the 1940’s
Most of the book describes in detail the science behind the production of penicillin. I liked that not only the professional lives of the people involved, but also their personal lives were discussed. Towards the end a good number of pages are devoted to the question of credit for the discovery. Fleming was happy to take full credit and it fell to others to advance the notion that it was Florey and his team at Oxford that did the hard work. I know this happens a lot in scientific research and it raises the question of Discovery vs. Development.

Journal Entry 6 by eponine38 at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Friday, February 15, 2019

Released 8 mos ago (2/15/2019 UTC) at Winchester, Massachusetts USA

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A very belated birthday book for 2018, as promised late last year. Thanks for your patience and I hope you enjoy it!

Released for 2019 Keep Them Moving Challenge hosted by booklady331.

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Journal Entry 7 by wingHI77wing at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Monday, February 25, 2019
Not all humans are

created on the same level,
but the unfairness doesn't end there.

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