Penicillin powder in bottle

Made:
1942 in Oxford

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Science Museum, London|Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, Oxford
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Science Museum, London|Sir William Dunn, Dunn, School, Pathology
Science Museum, London|Sir William Dunn, Dunn, School, Pathology

Penicillin powder in screw top bottle with label, unsigned, Oxford, England, 1942

Some of the earliest clinical trials of penicillin took place in Oxford, England, in early 1942. At first supplies were very limited. It is believed that this sample was recovered from the urine of patients treated with the antibiotic. Once clinical trials proved successful, penicillin was used for a wide range of infections and stimulated research into other antibiotics.

Details

Category:
Biotechnology
Object Number:
1964-458/12
Materials:
glass and metal (unknown)
type:
penicillin
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • vessel
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • vessel
credit:
Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, Oxford