Trail Blazers - cartoon showing key medical discoveries

Ben Harrison07/11/1944

The Royal Society

The Royal Society
London, United Kingdom

Three-panel cartoon graphic showing trailblazing medical discoveries: penicillin, by Alexander Fleming and Howard Florey; Louis Pasteur's work on fermentation; and the first injection of blood plasma on a human by Max Maurice Strumia (1896-1972) and its use by US Armed Forces in 1940.

Newspaper cutting from the Milwaukee Deutsche Zeitung (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, 1933-1950), 7 November 1944.

Annotated in ink with the date 11/7/1944. Initialled lower right 'SC', possibly for the illustrator. From the archive collection of Howard Florey.


  • Title: Trail Blazers - cartoon showing key medical discoveries
  • Creator: Ben Harrison
  • Date Created: 07/11/1944
  • Location Created: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
  • Provenance: From the archive collection of Howard Florey
  • Publisher: Milwaukee Deutsche Zeitung
  • Rights: Copyright The Royal Society, 2018
  • External Link: To license this image please visit the Royal Society Picture Library
  • Medium: paper, ink
  • Scientist: Alexander Fleming (1881-1955), Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), Max Maurice Strumia (1896-1972), Howard Walter Florey, Baron Florey of Adelaide and Marston (1898-1968)
  • Field: Medical Science
  • Discovery: Penicillin, vaccination, blood plasma
  • Catalogue Reference: HF_1_3_15_4_7

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