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
HE DREAMED THE GREATEST ADVENTURE MAN HAD EVER KNOWN...and made that dream come true! (original print ad - mostly caps)
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Dr. Ehrlich's family was so happy with Edward G. Robinson
's portrayal of him that they gave Robinson a letter written by Dr. Ehrlich. See more
When Rhineland Chemical is shipping boxes of 606 to cities around the world, one box is labeled "St. Mary's Hospital, Sidney, Australia." A second box to a different hospital shows the city correctly spelled as Sydney. See more
You assistants seem to be doing all the work. What does Dr. Ehrlich do?
Wein, Weib und Gesang, Op. 333 (Wine, Women and Song)
Music by Johann Strauß
Played when Paul and Hedy dance See more