Times Before Antibiotics

What was life like before Sir Alexander Flemming discovered Penicillin?

In a high income country where antibiotics seem plentiful and free flowing and access to healthcare is readily accessible, it is easy to feel far removed from a world where simple infections could kill and disfigure.

This is however, a scenario that we are edging ever closer towards as bacteria evolve and acquire resistance mechanisms to combative drugs. Bacterial pathogens, capable of causing illness, are adapting to antibiotic overuse by developing resistance at such a rate that new terms such as “extreme-resistance” and “pan-resistance” are being used and proposed to describe bacteria that are resistant to all known effective antibiotics (Magiorakas et al. 2012). If using antibiotics is driving antibiotic resistance, then it stands to reason the issue of antibiotic resistance is a lot closer to home than many of us realise.

Take a look at the BBC article written post interview with BARNARDS principal investigator Prof Timothy Walsh, describing life before antibiotics! (Found digging through the archives… you can thank me later Tim)

Life before antibiotics (and maybe life after an antibiotic apocalypse)

A.-P. Magiorakos, A. Srinivasan, R.B. Carey, Y. Carmeli, M.E. Falagas, C.G. Giske, S. Harbarth, J.F. Hindler, G. Kahlmeter, B. Olsson-Liljequist, D.L. Paterson, L.B. Rice, J. Stelling, M.J. Struelens, A. Vatopoulos, J.T. Weber, D.L. Monnet, Multidrug-resistant, extensively drug-resistant and pandrug-resistant bacteria: an international expert proposal for interim standard definitions for acquired resistance, In Clinical Microbiology and Infection, Volume 18, Issue 3, 2012, Pages 268-281, ISSN 1198-743X, https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-0691.2011.03570.x.

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