Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Penicillin as impure , as full of life, as Manhattan itself

It is almost too fitting, almost too paint-by-numbers perfect (and almost too Alanis Morissette ironic) that wartime's life-saving 'impure' natural penicillin came about through the efforts of Dr Henry Dawson in 'impure' polyglot concrete Manhattan, while the failure to produce a 'pure' synthetic penicillin was led by his chief rival Sir Howard Florey from the very refined greenery of Oxford University.

But if, as is frequently claimed, Hitler refused to allow the bombing of Oxford City's strategic Crowley motorworks out of fear it might damage Hitler's dream of Oxford University becoming the capital of Aryan pure Britain, it begins to make sense ....

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