The Saga of a Sulfa Drug PioneerIn The Demon Under the Microscope, author Thomas Hager tells the story of the first antibiotics and the German scientist most responsible for developing them, Gerhard Domagk.
The world's first antibiotics were developed in the 1930s in Nazi Germany. The man most responsible was Bayer scientist Gerhard Domagk. He was not a Nazi, and was later prevented from accepting the Nobel Prize. Thomas Hager, author of The Demon Under the Microscope, tells Scott Simon the story.