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#251 - Alexander Fleming

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“Here the doctors are up in arms against a threatened State service. They want to be doctors—not civil servants”

Scottish bacteriologist (1881–1955) who shared the 1945 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his role in the discovery and isolation of penicillin. Rare ALS, one page both sides, 5 x 7.25, Late Inoculation Department, St. Mary’s Hospital letterhead, March 7, 1948. In part: “Congratulations. It is a great feat after 14 years to produce a…baby. Give him my love. I suppose the turkeys and the pigs and the other things on the farm are now interesting you more than medicine. There is certainly nothing more interesting than farming. There you see nature. Here the doctors are up in arms against a threatened State service. They want to be doctors—not civil servants. The State takes over all Hospitals on July 5th next. It will not affect us much here as we are a teaching establishment but it will make a vast difference to a lot of places.” In fine condition, with numerous horizontal creases. A fascinating letter mentioning medicine and commenting on drastic changes within the healthcare model in the United Kingdom, sentiments which continue to resonate today. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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