Discovery of Penicillin
Alexander Fleming speaks
This short recording is an extract of a talk by Sir Alexander
Fleming entitled 'Discovery of Penicillin', a BBC recording for
Science Notebook, 28 August 1945.
Alexander Fleming talks about penicillin and the hopes to be found
from other moulds in the future. He also warns, prophetically,
about antibiotic resistance and how the wrong usage of penicillin
could lead to 'educated microbes' or, in current parlance,
'superbugs', an outcome of antibiotic use that is all too familiar
over half a century later.