Alexander Fleming is claimed by the Scots as one of their great men. What they probably don't know is that his academic successors are, unlike the microbes, approaching extinction. I am the only professor of bacteriology left in the Scottish medical schools after more than a decade of cuts and retrenchment. No wonder infectious diseases are fighting back. They have never heard of research assessment scores or funding formulae.
Professor T H PENNINGTON
Department of Medical
University of AberdeenReuse content