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Title: La moisissure et la bactérie: deconstructing the fable of the discovery of penicillin by Ernest Duchesne
Authors: Shama, Gilbert
Keywords: Ernest Duchesne
Alexander Fleming
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © Elsevier
Citation: SHAMA, G., 2016. La moisissure et la bactérie: deconstructing the fable of the discovery of penicillin by Ernest Duchesne. Endeavour, 40 (3), pp. 188-200.
Abstract: Ernest Duchesne (1874–1912) completed his thesis on microbial antagonism in 1897 in Lyon. His work lay unknown for fifty years, but on being brought to light led to his being credited with having discovered penicillin prior to Alexander Fleming. The claims surrounding Duchesne are examined here both from the strictly microbiological perspective, and also for what they reveal about how the process of discovery is frequently misconstrued. The combined weight of evidence presented here militates strongly against the possibility that the species of Penicillium that Duchesne worked with produced penicillin.
Description: This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Endeavour and the definitive published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.endeavour.2016.07.005
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.endeavour.2016.07.005
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/21810
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.endeavour.2016.07.005
ISSN: 1873-1929
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