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I A World To Change Everyone on this earth has to be grateful to Paul Ehrlich because he made so many advances in medical research Our life expectancy rate would still be around forty years if Ehrlich hadnt been interested in chemistry and biology as a young boy If Ehrlich hadnt combined so many different chemicals he would have never combined the chemical known as number 606 Ehrlich helped Emil von Behring find an antitoxin for diphtheria Diphtheria is a disease that particularly affects children and sometimes leads to death In 1894 mothers no longer had to worry about their child dying of diphtheria because of Ehrlichs help in the discovery of the antitoxin for the deadly disease Another discovery Ehrlich made was of a dye called trypan red Trypan red helped destroy cells that caused sleeping sickness His research of antibodies and understanding how the antibodies attack harmful substances that enter the body has made him the founder of modern chemotherapy Ehrlich is best known for his work on curing syphilis Syphilis is an infectious disease transmitted by sexual contact or kissing Ehrlich named the compound that cured syphilis salvarsan This was a very effective way to cure syphilis II Background A Family Paul Ehrlich was born on March 14 1854 in Strehlen Silesia Ehrlich was born in to a middle-class Jewish family He was the only son and fourth child of Ismar and Rosa Ehrlich His father owned a small distillery Ehrlich had an Orthodox Jewish upbringing in a time when being a Jew was controversial B Childhood When Ehrlich was six years old he started his schooling at the local primary school At age ten he boarded with a professors family in Breslau and went to St Maria Magdalena Humanistic Gymnasium Ehrlich was often at the top of his class and his best subjects were math and Latin C Advanced Education and Training Ehrlich took an
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