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Posted March 6, 2014
Alexander Fleming was responsible for the discovering penicillin, but others were responsible for the actual development of the drug into an effective antibiotic. Credit to all involved, and not just to Alexander Fleming. The book inspires hope for those afflicted with bacterial infections, but also caution and disappointment, because like many antibiotics; it was not the "magic bullet" scientists were seeking. Points to microbial evolution and increased awareness of resistance in the microbial world. The pre-antibiotic era may one day be a real reality for those of us who have used and perhaps abuse the administration and use of antibiotics. Research and development in antibiotic therapies has been in decline and there has been few, if any new antibiotics developed in the last 20 years. Frightening prospect given the horror stories of people who have entered the hospital only to die from a hospital acquired infection.
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