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Statement Released by the Committee on Medical ResearchA. N. RICHARDS, ChairmanThis statement is designed to acquaint the medical profession with the progress of efforts which are being made by the Committee on Medical Research of the Office of Scientific Research and Development, by the Division of Medical Sciences of the National Research Council and by certain commercial companies to promote investigation of the therapeutic usefulness of penicillin and to increase the available supply of this remarkable substance. They were initiated and are continuing as a phase of the war effort, directed primarily toward the benefit of our armed forces.Penicillin was discovered by Fleming in London in 1929. The first information concerning its unique therapeutic possibilities was revealed in the publications in the Lancet (1940 and 1941) of experimental and clinical studies by Florey, Chain and their collaborators of Oxford. The intense interest in it now manifest
MEDICINE AND THE WAR. JAMA. 1943;122(4):235–239. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840210027012
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