Rise up to life: a biography of Howard Walter Florey who gave penicillin to the world

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Angus and Robertson, 1972 - Biography & Autobiography - 314 pages

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This book has done a lot to redress the imbalance in the story of the development of penicillin. Howard Florey, An energetic young Australian turns up in Oxford as a Rhodes scholar, and finds himself ... Read full review

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This book is a wonderful, hand guided tour or Floreys' life. Controversial issues, like his first marriage to Ethel faltering towards the end of their lives and his subsequent second marriage to Margaret Jennings are somewhat glossed over. I was left in no uncertain terms who should have the credit for ushering in the age of antibiotics viz. Florey versus Fleming. Fleming comes out of this book as an inept British scientist who faked his way through the glory years of penicillin research and clinical use up to and including his Nobel prize. Never-the-less, it showcases one of Australias' finest minds. 



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