The Discovery Of The Antibiotic Era Essay

1998 Words Nov 13th, 2016 8 Pages
Back in the early 1900s, most people are expected to die from pneumonia, tuberculosis, influenza and any gastrointestinal infections due to the lack of treatment. Even with new diagnostic technologies and therapeutic capacity, health professionals, especially physicians were unable to deal with diseases that were bacteria related. It was not until 1928 that Sir Alexander Fleming decided to create a ‘’magic bullet that target only disease-causing microbes and not the host’’ (Aminov, 2010). This magic bullet turned out to be an antibiotic substance called penicillin, which to his surprise, was the cure to many of the life threatening diseases at the time. With the introduction of the first ever antibiotic, it also marked the beginning of the antibiotic era, where Pharmaceuticals Company strived to come up with new antibiotic every year to get ahead of their competitors. In addition to providing cures for human, antibiotics were proven to accelerated animal’s growth and cost less than normal feed supplements (Ogle, 2013). Since then, agricultural company and American farmers have doubled the usage of antibiotic in animal feeds. This method has proven to be instrumental in the poultry industry, as it allows farm owners to keep up with demands and produce high quality animals. Despite its benefits to the food industry, scientists argue that constant exposure to antibiotic in food could increase antibiotic resistant in human, a condition where ‘’bacteria repeatedly exposed to…

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