Tooth pain after penicillin
Ear ache? Sore throat? Tooth ache? If you’re suffering these symptoms, it’s possible you’d benefit from a dose of penicillin. And if that’s the case, you should be raising a glass to Sir Alexander Fleming who discovered the popular antibiotic. He was born on this day, 6 August, in 1881 in the small town of Darvel, Scotland.Sir Alexander Fleming, courtesy of the Wellcome Library, London(CC BY-NC)
Penicillin is a naturally occurring substance, which is why we credit Fleming with discovering rather than inventing it. And to be absolutely correct, he re-discovered it three decades after a French medical student first made note of it. And, what’s more, the discovery came after Fleming left a petri dish out in the lab by accident!Penicillin mould, courtesy of the Wellcome Library, London (CC BY-ND-NC)
In 1928, Fleming noticed that a blue-green mould had contaminated another specimen in the lab (the unwashed petri dish) and that bacteria on the dish were being dissolved. He experimented with the mould and found that it killed a number of disease-causing bacteria. He named it penicillin and published his findings in 1929. You can read the first page of his important paper on Europeana.
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