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February 24, 1945


JAMA. 1945;127(8):468-470. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860080040015

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Washington Letter  (From a Special Correspondent)Feb. 19, 1945.

War Production Board Aids Medical Research  In addition to other technical accomplishments, the Office of Production Research and Development of the War Production Board has chalked up records in the medical field. Among its efforts has been assistance in the building of DDT insecticide plants, in the production of penicillin, in the conservation of eyesight in industry, in the synthesis of quinidine and in speeding up the manufacture of dental burrs. In regard to penicillin, the OPRD has coordinated the technological aspects of the conversion from laboratory to plant processes in penicillin manufacture. It is estimated that this has advanced the plant program of penicillin production about three months. Three new strains of penicillin mold have been developed in OPRD projects. These strains are capable of producing two to three times as much penicillin as those originally used. Millions of dollars

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