Wednesday 18 January 2017

The bugs are striking back

Published 19/11/2011 | 07:07

As so many people can testify, antibiotics can be lifesavers. Ever since scientists Howard Florey and Ernst Chain first discovered how to mass-produce penicillin in the early 1940s, millions of lives have been spared from what would previously have been lethal infections.

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Unfortunately, we can get too much of a good thing.

As the remarkable healing power of antibiotics became widely known, we began to demand them for every trivial medical complaint, including colds and flus, for which antibiotics are utterly useless. No trip to the GP seemed complete with a prescription for antibiotics.

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