Alexander Fleming and Penicillin: The Accidental Discovery?. By Joanna Martin. A Clinical Case. A 48 year old policeman presents to Urgent Care with a small cut on his face after shaving The cut is slightly red and draining a small amount of pus
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Alexander Fleming and Penicillin: The Accidental Discovery?
By Joanna Martin
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Fleming returned to his lab to find many of his culture plates contaminated with fungus
He immediately started preparing to clean all his plates but it happened that a former member of his lab was visiting that day
Fleming took some of the contaminated cultures to show his visitor and that’s when he noticed the inhibition zone around the fungus
Fleming was not very knowledgeable about fungi but knew that the mold in his dish was a species of penicillin
Eventually determined to be Penicillium notatum
The search was on for even better sources for penicillin producing Penicillium
The best specimen was mold found on a cantaloupe purchased at a Peoria market