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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, 21 January 1942. Informing Iland that his application for work as a junior assistant clinical pathologist has gone through, and asking him when he would be able to start work.
Written in a critical time for Fleming, who signs this letter as 'Sector Pathologist'. The first trials of penicillin had taken place in 1940, with the initial results published in August. In 1941 Fleming began to lay claim to the proprietorship of 'his juice'. It was not until August of this year, 1942, that he was himself able to treat a case with penicillin, which he did with complete success.

Together with two related letters to Iland from officials of the Ministry of Health, concerning his later career.
[No: 25423]


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