On This Day In Chemistry

August 31st

The first chemotherapeutic drug, ‘Preparation 606’, was used to cure syphilis in a rabbit on this day in 1909

German scientist Paul Ehrlich coined the term ‘chemotherapy’ to describe what he called a ‘magic bullet’: a substance that could find and kill infectious microbes without harming the host. Chemotherapy still plays a very important role in cancer treatment today.

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