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December 11, 1943

EARLY USE OF PENICILLIN (?)

Author Affiliations

Union Carbide and Carbon Corporation, New York.

JAMA. 1943;123(15):990. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840500054025

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  Undoubtedly most of us think of the use of penicillin in the treatment of infections as a very new thing, but perhaps the appended quotation may indicate that penicillin was used in the treatment of wounds three centuries or more ago, although the physicians of the period naturally did not distinguish one fungous growth from another.For the last four generations there has been passed along in our family Theatrum Botanicum by John Parkinson, Apothecary of London and King's Herbarist. This very voluminous work was published in London in 1640. In the fourteenth tribe of plants in which are included "marsh, water and sea plants with mosses and mushrooms" we find the following among the descriptions of the various tree mosses:"Muscus ex cranio humano."The Mosse upon dead mens Sculles. Let me here also adjoyne, this kind of mosse somewhat like unto the moss

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