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4. The Second Generation of Antibiotics
About this Lecture
In this module, we examine the second generation of antibiotics. While penicillin was effective against wound infections, it was ineffective against some of the world’s deadliest killers, like TB. Scientists, over the course of two decades, searched and found new antibiotics to fight disease causing bacteria.
In this course, Dr Robert Bud (Science Museum, London) examines the history of antibiotics. We take a look at what medicine and medicines were like before the discovery of antibiotics. We then look at the discovery of penicillin and how it was mass produced in the 1940s. We then look at the growth in the number of other antibiotics and how this went hand in hand with the development of the pharmaceutical industry. In the penultimate module, we take a closer look at antibiotic resistance and how this affects the world today. In the concluding module, we examine the impact of antibiotics on medicine, the pharmaceutical industry and public attitudes towards germs and illness.
Dr. Robert Bud is Emeritus Keeper at The Science Museum in London. He has written widely on the history of science, with a particular in interest in the history of antibiotics. His book, Penicillin: Triumph and Tragedy, was published by Oxford University Press in 2007.
Cite this Lecture
Bud, R. (2021, September 22). Medicine Through Time – Antibiotics, 1920-2000 - The Second Generation of Antibiotics [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/medicine-through-time-antibiotics/the-second-generation-of-antibiotics
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