ROBERT P. HUDSON, M.D.
In 1928 Alexander Fleming noticed the inhibitory effect of a fungal contaminant on the growth of a culture of staphylococci. For his exploitation of this "triumph of accident and shrewd observation," Fleming received the 1945 Nobel Prize in Medicine. In 1965 Lyndon B. Johnson affixed his signature to Public Law 89-97, setting in motion the experiment in social medicine known as Medicare. Mr. Johnson's recognition will have to await the judgment of history. From this near point in time, however, the discovery of penicillin can be connected causally to the passage of Public Law 89-97. Hopefully, the process of linking
HUDSON RP. Action and Reaction in Medical Research. Ann Intern Med. ;67:660–667. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-67-3-660
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1967;67(3_Part_1):660-667.
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