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Prof. Orvan Hess, the pioneer of the use of penicillin 2002-1906

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In 1942, Anne Miller had a miscarriage at the New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, suffered from blood poisoning and the doctors were unable to bring down her high fever. After the medical team said desperate, one of the gynecologists, Dr. Orvan Hess, decided to try and convince the medical authorities to allow her to be injected with the experimental penicillin serum. Right before Miller breathed her last, a courier appeared with 5.5 grams of penicillin - about half the amount that existed in the US at the time. Hess shot, and like magic a wall of Miller came down and settled. Thousands of doctors around the world who stood helpless in front of patients who were considered incurable received the news with the feeling that a miracle had happened.

A few years before the historic injection, Hess began to develop a device for monitoring the heartbeat of the fetus, because he was tired of waiting until birth to find out what was happening in the fetus (the only way to listen to its heartbeat at the time was with a stethoscope, but the mother's heartbeat interfered with listening). He had to abandon the project because he was drafted into the army and joined as a military doctor the 50nd Armored Division, under the command of General Patton. After the liberation, he resumed his scientific work and in the 50s managed to build the monitoring device. Initially the device stood two meters tall; Later he reduced his dimensions. "He was loved by all of us," said Kathy Krause, spokeswoman for New Haven Hospital, where Dr. Hess delivered him XNUMX years ago.

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