Dr. Paul Ehrlich was the German physician who developed the first synthetic antimicrobial drug, 606 or Salvarsan. The film describes how Ehrlich first became interested in the properties of the then-new synthetic dyes and had an intuition that they could be useful in the diagnosis of bacterial diseases. After this work met with success, Ehrlich proposed that synthetic compounds could be made to selectively target and destroy disease causing microorganisms. He called such a drug a "magic bullet". The film describes how in 1908, after 606 attempts, he succeeded. Written by
Two women stood by him while all the world jeered...a world he was trying to save!
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This film generated controversy because many thought the subject of syphilis too scandalous a topic for a motion picture in 1940. See more
In this film's first part, newspaper headlines talk of diptheria (sic). Must be the same ones who spell "opthalmology" (sic). The etymology of both words comes from Greek which confirms an "h" which is missing in both misspellings. Properly spelled, they are "diphtheria" and "ophthalmology." See more
You assistants seem to be doing all the work. What does Dr. Ehrlich do?
Referenced in Four Mothers
Wein, Weib und Gesang, Op. 333 (Wine, Women and Song)
Music by Johann Strauß
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