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Table of Contents

Foreword 11
Introduction: The Trouble with Magic Bullets 14
Chapter 1 Before Antibiotics
1 A Deadly Epidemic 26
2 Microorganisms Cause Disease 34
3 Killing Germs in Wounds 45
4 Searching for Magic Bullets 53
Chapter 2 The Discovery of Antibiotics
1 Alexander Fleming Discovers Penicillin 63
2 Gerhard Domagk Discovers the Sulfa Drugs 72
3 Penicillin and Luck 81
4 Selman A. Waksman Discovers Streptomycin 88
Chapter 3 Antibiotics' Golden Age
1 Penicillin's First Miracles 98
2 An Early Warning of Danger 111
3 The Antibiotic Revolution 123
Chapter 4 Antibiotics Today: The Threat of Resistance
1 Misuse of Antibiotics Contributes to Resistance 130
2 Giving Antibiotics to Food Animals Contributes to Resistance 137
3 Giving Antibiotics to Food Animals Does Not Contribute to Resistance 142
4 Antibiotics Will Soon Be Useless 148
5 An Alternative to Antibiotics 164
Glossary 168
Chronology 174
For Further Research 178
Index 183
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