HISTORY OF CHEMOTHERAPY

HISTORY OF CHEMOTHERAPY - HISTORY OF CHEMOTHERAPY

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HISTORY OF CHEMOTHERAPY   1. Although chemotherapy with natural products such as herbs can be traced back far in the  history of man, Paul Ehrlich is given credit for the birth of modern chemotherapy. He set out to  create a treatment for syphilis that would cure the disease more reliably and with less harm to the  patient than existing treatments, which involved the use of mercury. His discovery was Salvarsan,  a modified form of arsenic. It was first called Compound 606, because Ehrlich had tried 605  compounds before it which did not work.    2. In 1928, Alexander Fleming observed that a mold which had appeared as a contaminant in a  Petri dish of bacteria had prevented bacterial growth in the area surrounding it. The mold was  identified as  Penicillium notatum . Fleming regarded his discovery as a curiosity and made little  effort to develop it. 
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