Prior to the development of the antibiotics, infectious diseases were the main causes of illness and death. In the last century, non-communicable diseases such as heart disease and cancer became dominant.
But that is changing!
On current trends, infections may once again come to the fore. Dietary changes have left our immune systems depleted and dysfunctional. At the same time, increasing antibiotic resistance has led to the emergence of many different ‘superbugs’. The combination of these two factors threatens to overwhelm many aspects of modern medicine.
We are racing against time, and against many potentially virulent pathogens. We must win these races.