The Invention Of Antibiotics Today Essay

2745 Words Nov 20th, 2014 11 Pages
With the advent of antibiotics in 1929 Fleming said, "The time may come when penicillin can be bought by anyone in the shops. Then there is the danger that the ignorant man may easily underdose himself and by exposing his microbes to non-lethal quantities of the drug make them resistant.” With the overuse of antibiotics today we have seen this very idea come to be. Over usage is caused most prevalently by a lack of education on the part of the patient. Thus stated, the way to overcome such a circumstance is to educate, not only the patient but also the physician.
Generally in life, an overabundance of anything is thought of as a blessing. For instance, most people would say that there is no point where someone has too much money, or too much time; however, having and using too many antibiotics can be a problem. With the advent of antibiotics in 1929 Fleming warned that, "The time may come when penicillin can be bought by anyone in the shops. Then there is the danger that the ignorant man may easily underdose himself and by exposing his microbes to non-lethal quantities of the drug make them resistant."[1] Following with Fleming 's words antibiotics need to be prescribed in a judicious fashion, not of one with a careless action, "one third of the 150 million outpatient prescriptions are unnecessary."[2] With the overuse of antibiotics today we have seen this very idea come to be. Over usage is caused most prevalently by a lack of education on the part of the patient. Thus…

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