From Buzzine:THE TRUE STORY OF THE FATHER OF CHEMOTHERAPY, INSPIRATION FOR A CLASSIC FILM
March 19, 2012
In 1940, Hollywood mogul Hal Wallis produced Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet — a biopic that starred Edward G. Robinson in the title role of scientist Paul Ehrlich (1854-1915). The film “became Hollywood’s single most important exposition of medical history,” said historian of medicine Bert Hansen, the author of Picturing Medical Progress from Pasteur to Polio. For the general public, the film “offered a remarkably rich dramatization of scientific conceptions and of the process of laboratory research and discovery.”
A pioneer in the study of cells and tissues, Ehrlich was known “as the father of chemotherapy — the treatment of illness using chemicals that selectively target disease-causing agents.” He called these chemical agents “magic bullets,” and his discovery of Salvarsan, the first of these bullets, dramatically changed the treatment of Syphilis.
Ehrlich’s story, and the stories of other prominent Jewish doctors, are featured in a modest but engaging exhibit, “Trail of the Magic Bullet: The Jewish Encounter with Modern Medicine, 1860-1960,” that recently opened at the Yeshiva University Museum in New York. The show, presented in collaboration with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, will be up until August 12th.
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* Image: Exterminate Flies. They spread diseases. Keep your home and yard clean. Cover your food!, OSE Poster Printed by Paul Schöpf, Berlin 1926, with the aid of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and distributed in Eastern Europe by OZE, Collection of YIVO Institute for Jewish Research