Grim Prospect: A Life Without Antibiotics

Published: Jun 04, 2014

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It was not until the years just after World War II when streptomycin, the first truly broad-spectrum antibacterial agent, came onto the market, and penicillin began to be widely available that the Golden Age of antibiotic therapy really began. Before that, even seemingly trivial infections of the skin, lungs or other organs could lead to sepsis and death. We may now be on the verge of returning to a pre-antibiotic era, a prospect that public health experts find terrifying.

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