Accidental Scientific Discoveries that Changed the World: Oops! It's Penicillin!, 1st Edition

  • Jonathan Bard
  • Published By: Gareth Stevens Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 1538239930
  • ISBN-13: 9781538239933
  • DDC: 615.3
  • Grade Level Range: 3rd Grade - 6th Grade
  • 32 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2020 | Published/Released October 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2020

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One of the single greatest leaps forward in human healthcare happened because of an accident in a laboratory. This serendipitous event was the result of a summer vacation in Scotland and an unattended experiment. Dr. Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, one of the first antibiotics, in 1928 when he noticed that mold had gotten into a petri dish and it had prevented bacteria from growing. This book explores Fleming's accidental discovery, the science behind antibiotics, and the dawn of the era of antibiotics.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Accidental Breakthroughs.
2: A Hidden World.
3: Good and Bad Microbes.
4: How Antibiotics Work.
5: Early Pioneers of Antibiotics.
6: Gross! Mold in the Petri Dish.
7: Fleming's Follow-Up Experiments.
8: Working out the Kinks.
9: Breakthrough: Success in Patients!.
10: Penicillin Use During World War II.
11: The Golden Age of Antibiotics.
12: Antibiotic Resistance.
13: The Power of Mold Juice.
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Other Backmatter.