First report of antimicrobial resistance pre-dates penicillin

I’m rather chuffed that this correspondence has been published in Nature!

Stekel DJ 2018. First report of antimicrobial resistance pre-dates penicillin. Nature 562, 192 (2018)

I won’t reproduce it in full here – full access is from the Nature site – but do want to take the opportunity to thank three people with whom I had helpful conversations about this: Jon Hobman (Nottingham Biosciences), Sabine Totemeyer (Nottingham Vet School) and Andrew Singer (CEH). Jon and Andrew for discussions about what is meant by an antibiotic, and Sabine for confirming that the 1924 German paper that I found (and cite here) did indeed say what I thought it did.