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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Although not covered in the film, Paul Ehrlich
also discovered the structural formula of atoxyl, a chemical compound used in the treatment of sleeping sickness. 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?
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Du, du liegst mir im Herzen
Traditional 19th century German folk song
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