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FLEMING, Alexander (1881-1955). Bacteriologist and discoverer of penicillin.
Typewritten Letter Signed ('A Fleming') to Dr C.N. Iland, 1 page 8vo, Inoculation Department, St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, 11 December 1941. Informing Iland that Fleming had applied to appoint him as an assistant in the Emergency Medical Service.
Written in a critical year for Fleming, who signs this letter as 'Sector Pathologist'. The first trials of penicillin had taken place the previous year, with the initial results published in August 1940. In 1941 Fleming began to lay claim to the proprietorship of 'his juice'. It was not until the following year, 1942, that he was himself able to treat a case with penicillin, which he did with complete success.
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