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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

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#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

For some bacteria, we are post-antibiotics -- exactly how it was for all bacteria before the 1940's.

With growing tech and the right economic model, perhaps we can continue to outpace the microbes. You might imagine a dystopian future where effective antibiotics are reserved for the super-rich, but that's one of many possibilities.

Although outside the scope of the book, as routine antibiotic use in animals had less positive effect over time (although hard to say exactly why), perhaps the human need for antibiotics has gone down. Better sanitation, better overall health, better practices at containing infection. Just a hypothesis, but hopeful should resistance become the norm.