WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4: FIRST ANTIBIOTIC
Profile America — Friday, November 4th. The Nobel prizes, named in honor of Alfred Nobel, were first awarded in 1901. This year's prize winners were announced last month, and the award ceremonies will be held in Stockholm, Sweden and Oslo, Norway next month. In 1952, the Nobel Prize for medicine was awarded for the discovery of the first antibiotic produced in the U.S. —streptomycin. The breakthrough was developed by a Ukrainian immigrant, Dr. Selman Waksman, and four students in 1944 at Rutgers University in New Jersey. It went into production later that year. Prescriptions — including antibiotics — cost patients $250 billion a year, or about $222 for each American. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 4998
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 136, 137
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau