Een geallieerd wondermiddel

Hoe de bevrijders penicilline naar Nederland brachten
Historisch perspectief
28-07-2020
Rinke van den Brink

Het is niet alleen driekwart eeuw geleden dat Nederland werd bevrijd, maar ook dat het eerste antibioticum hier werd geïntroduceerd. NOS Nieuws-redacteur Rinke van den Brink probeerde te achterhalen wie als eerste werd gered door de geallieerde ‘goudinjecties’.

An allied miracle cure; how liberators introduced penicillin in the Netherlands

The introduction of penicillin to medical practice in the Netherlands is closely related to the liberation of the Netherlands from Nazi occupation. The allied forces brought penicillin - of which they had vast quantities - to the Netherlands and introduced it to Dutch doctors. In many of the oldest documented cases involving the use of penicillin in the Netherlands, allied army doctors gave the ampoules of penicillin to Dutch doctors, who used the until then unknown medicine as a last-resort drug to treat patients with severe infections that had failed to respond to other treatments. The archives of the Dutch Journal of Medicine (NTvG) contain numerous interesting examples of case reports. A public call on the website of the Dutch public news broadcaster NOS resulted in several other apt examples. It is, however, not known exactly who the first Dutch patient to receive penicillin was.

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