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.
Two women stood by him while all the world jeered...a world he was trying to save!
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Did You Know?
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 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.
Referenced in Patient Porky
Kaiserwalzer, Op. 437 (Emperor Waltz)
Music by Johann Strauss
Played on piano by Hedy See more