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. Sahachiro Hata, portrayed in the film by Wilfred Hari, is co-credited with Ehrlich in the development of Salvarsan 606. See more
When Dr. Ehrlich (Edward G. Robinson
) is on trial, the prosecutor says: "We are not concerned with the rosy future Dr. Ehrlich paints; the revelant point is..." What he meant to say was "relevant". See more
Dr. Paul Ehrlich
[about his felow doctors
To argue with them is like discussing colors with the color-blind.
Du, du liegst mir im Herzen
Traditional 19th century German folk song
Played on piano by Hedy at the end See more