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excellent: the hidden story that rightly deserves to by told
on 13 March 2011
Excellent film telling the story about the struggle and heart-ache in developing penicillin and working in the toughest of conditions, with a superb cast. Scrabbling what little equipment they could (broken bed-pans notwithstanding) and fighting for funds to research and test the painstaking process of develping the precious culture, Florey and his team were nothing short of heroes. Then along comes Fleming to take all the credit, and the US team patent the drug and charge the British team for royalties, while the government saw it as part of the war effort (save British, not enemy lives etc). Florey and his scientists put medicine and patients before their own personal gain, eventually rightly rewarded in sharing a Nobel prize with Fleming. We watched this with our 9 and 6-year olds and we all loved it. Makes you think how vulnerable we are without the advancement of properly-resourced medical research and how we should respect anti-biotics a bit more when you see the kinds of infections people were dying of, and the efforts that went into making distribution possible.