Case Histories of Significant Medical Advances: Cephalosporins
19 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2020
Date Written: August 21, 2020
Our case history describes the development of three generations of cephalosporins – antibiotics that have significantly reduced hospital infections. Specifically, we chronicle how: 1) Early (pre-cephalosporin) antibiotics were developed in the first half of the 20th century. 2) Drug companies developed first-generation cephalosporins in the 1960s using foundational discoveries made by researchers in Italy and the UK in the 1940s and 1950s. 3) Continued modifications of cephalosporin molecules resulted in second and third generation of the drugs in the 1970s and 1980s.
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