Serendipity and diligence: the story of early drug discoveries

Posted 15 March 2013 by Pete Etchells

It's 1937. In a factory in America, the air is thick with the acrid smell of rubber being created. Like a finely tuned hive mind, workers go about their duties, accustomed to the stench in the air, their minds on the task at hand. And amid the day-to-day cacophony, E.E. Williams, a plant physician, notices something strange; none of his workers seem to be able to handle their alcohol. In a paper published that year in the Journal of the... Read more