Penicillin sodium salt reduction residue

Made:
1942-1943 in England
preparer:
Sir William Dunn School of Pathology

Penicillin sodium salt reduction residue, prepared by Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford, Oxford, England, 1942-1943

Creating a pure and effective dose of penicillin was a challenge. The brown colour of this early samples from 1942 and 1943 shows they were contaminated with impurities. The drug broke down rapidly in patients’ stomachs, and so had to be re-administered by injection eight times a day.

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Details

Category:
Biotechnology
Object Number:
1964-458/5
Materials:
glass, materia medica and tin (metal)
type:
penicillin
credit:
Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, Oxford

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