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by Hannah Leitheiser

Great Mistakes

#antibiotics #medicine

Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats

Maryn McKenna

2017

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2019-09-30

"None of these studies could pinpoint any downside to growth promoters [routine antibiotics]. Researchers began to wonder about human benefits, and concocted experiments that are unnerving by modern clinical standards. Antibiotics were given to people who had no capacity to consent, including developmentally disabled children, undernourished poor children in Guatemala and Kenya, and in the largest such test 220 recruits of Great Lakes, Illinois.

None reported adverse effects, and in all of them, the growth promoters worked." - Maryn McKenna, Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats (2017)