A paper which discusses society's misuse of antibiotics and the potential threat of antibiotic resistance.
# 9835 | 1,392 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2002 |
Published on Jan 31, 2003 in Biology (Molecular and Cell) , Medical and Health (Medical Studies) , Medical and Health (Public Health Issues)
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The paper discusses how antibiotics have kept our society safe from the harmful effects of many diseases since the discovery of penicillin in the 1920's. It shows that in the decades since its discovery, antibiotics have been so widely used that bacteria have developed resistance to them. Once this resistance has been developed, antibiotics become useless. The paper examines how, through the misuse of antibiotics, society may effectively find itself returned to the pre-1920 days where no effective treatment is available for bacterial diseases like smallpox and tuberculosis. It discusses ways to prevent this from happening and to manage the problem.
From the Paper:"Part of the problem relates to the misuse of antibiotics and especially the over-prescription of them. One article reports that "more than 50 million of the 150 million antibiotic prescriptions written each year for patients outside of hospitals are unnecessary" (Nordenberg). Consumer awareness involves realizing that antibiotics are not necessary for every condition. For example, the common cold is a viral infection, not a bacterial infection. Taking antibiotics for a cold does nothing to cure it. The emphasis here needs to be put on both doctors and patients. Patients need to use antibiotics only as necessary and not treat them as a "just in case" drug. At the same time, doctors need to determine that a patient has a bacterial problem before prescribing antibiotics."
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