It's difficult to imagine a world without medicines - and yet, before the twentieth century there weren't any. The discovery of the very first antibiotic, penicillin, and the subsequent ... See full summary »

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It's difficult to imagine a world without medicines - and yet, before the twentieth century there weren't any. The discovery of the very first antibiotic, penicillin, and the subsequent development of more "wonder drugs" transformed the face of modern medicine. Rise of the Superbugs chronicles these historic successes, as well as the growing threat posed by new strains of germs, such as tuberculosis and staph, that are resistant to our best antibiotics. Are our strongest medicines becoming obsolete, and can we develop new drugs in time to replace them?

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3 November 2005 (USA) See more »

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NOVA/WGBH Boston See more »
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