What was the result of the development of antibiotics on the outcome of World War II?

1 Answer
Mar 3, 2017

Increase in allied troop survival rates after being wounded in action due to synthetic penicillin


Chain and Foley developed synthetic penicillin in 1942, this was available to allied forces and drastically reduced the death rate of wounded troops - the single biggest killer prior to this was infection cause by the would itself or post operative infection

Prior to Penicillin Sulpha Powder (Silfonamide) was used as a primary anti-bacterial treatment but it was less effective than penicillin and also had a far higher rate of serious reaction to the drug

Therefore the survival chances of allied troops were greater than the enemy allowing troops to return to action quicker and as a by product improving morale