Abstract

During the Second World War, the Germans and their Axis partners could only produce relatively small amounts of penicillin, certainly never enough to meet their military needs; as a result, they had to rely upon the far less effective sulfon-amides. One physician who put penicillin to effective use was Hitler's doctor,Theodore Morell. Morell treated the Führer with penicillin on a number of occasions, most notably following the failed assassination attempt in July 1944. Some of this penicillin appears to have been captured from, or inadvertently supplied by, the Allies, raising the intriguing possibility that Allied penicillin saved Hitler's life.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-8795
Print ISSN
0031-5982
Pages
pp. 189-198
Launched on MUSE
2004-03-30
Open Access
No
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