Penicillin: promise, problems and practice in wartime Edinburgh

Gardiner, S. (2016) Penicillin: promise, problems and practice in wartime Edinburgh. Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 46(3), pp. 198-205. (doi:10.4997/JRCPE.2016.312) (PMID:27959357)

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Abstract

While medical historians have paid ample attention to the introduction of antibiotics and their impact on hospital-based practice during and after the Second World War, the multiple issues surrounding their use in Scottish hospitals are sorely lacking in current discussions. Drawing on an extensive yet underused range of materials including patient treatment records, oral histories and medical correspondence, this paper explores the introduction of penicillin for civilian treatment at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh during the closing stages of the War. It highlights the success of the drug in clinical treatment as well as its shortcomings, offering an alternative view of its initial impact on surgical practice.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:GARDINER, SUSAN
Authors: Gardiner, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences
Journal Name:Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Publisher:Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
ISSN:1478-2715
ISSN (Online):2042-8189
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 RCPE
First Published:First published in Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh 46(3): 198-205
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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