Ep2: Penicillin Problem


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A teenage girl is on the verge of death and the only thing that can save her is a rare drug that's never been used locally and isn't available. Meanwhile, doctors struggle to get her treatment in time.

75 years agoAug. 21, 1943: After days of determined efforts to obtain the release of the rare drug, announcement reached here early this afternoon that 500,000 units of penicillin will be released Thursday for use in treating Miss Ruth Donley, 18, critically ill in the Mercy hospital of a rare blood stream infection. The telegram was received at the office of Dr. Horace C, Montgomery, the Donley girl’s attending physician, from the War Production Board, which controls the distribution of penicillin for civilian use.

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