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Advertisement for penicillin production from Life magazine, United States, August 14 1944

In the Second World War, better care regimes and new drugs such as penicil-lin greatly improved the survival rates of wounded British and American sol-diers who could reach a hospital. This object shows Schenley Laboratories Inc. advertising their large scale production of penicillin. They were one of twenty firms designated by the United States government to produce penicillin especially for the war effort. The picture shows a soldier’s life being saved by penicillin, under the caption: “Thanks to PENICILLIN… He will come home.” The war theme continues by calling penicillin “the most potent weapon ever developed against many of the deadliest infections known to man”. This shows how penicillin was considered a wonder drug.

Object number:

E2007.55.1

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Glossary: advertisement

A public notice or announcement especially one advertising goods or services in newspapers, on posters, or in broadcasts

Glossary: penicillin

The first antibiotic drug to treat infections which is made from the mould penicillium. Its discovery is attributed to Alexander Fleming in 1928.

Glossary: periodical

A magazine or journal that is published at various intervals.