History of Medical Drugs

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By the twentieth century, numerous vaccines for deadly diseases have been discovered and used periodically. Antiseptic procedures are one of them, but those vaccines were only meant to prevent diseases, not to actually cure it. Virtually, doctors wouldn't be able to do anything if someone is afflicted with a disease. In a conclusion, deadly diseases are incurable. However, history reached a point where humans can actually cure the lethal diseases and one of the cure are antibiotics that are constantly used today. More than hundred of these drugs are available and the miracle man who first developed them is Paul Ehrlich, a German scientist. Paul Ehrlich was a renowned scientist as he found cure for various fatal diseases. In the late 19th century, he was capable of finding a cure a killer called diphtheria, ultimately earning him a Nobel Prize. Ehrlich however was especially famous for his procedure called chemotherapy. This procedure was described as stained bacteria using Robert Koch's procedures. As he worked, he noted that the dye would not color bacteria unless it joined with bacteria's substances, which if it combined, the bacteria usually get killed. He proposed that if he is able to find a chemical or a dye that kills bacteria without harming humans, he could develop a heal that would be inserted into people to kill germs, thus curing the disease. He later discovered trypan red, a dye that cured a laboratory mouse from the sleeping sickness (Zimmerman, 2003). However, since the dye didn't work on humans, he believed that the dye's actions were linked to a particular combination of nitrogen atoms in the molecule. Consequently, replaced nitrogen atoms to change the chemical properties and he know developed a substance c... ... middle of paper ... ...mple, they found that animals like sharks have antibiotic properties. Another way people are trying to fight the resistance is through bacteriophages, and the process has shown improvement and effectiveness. These phages also evolve fast like the bacteria, so if bacteria grow resistance, so will the phages too. An additional way of newer treatments are microbubbles. Microbubbles are extremely tiny and their surface tensions are used to destroy the bacteria cells. Excluding red blood cells and sperm cells, which have fragility, these bubbles don't hurt other cells in the body. Microbes were, are, and will be the greatest enemies of humanity. They are incredibly adaptive in the changing environments and they are becoming more of a threat than ever before. Their vexing existence will be a challenge for humans to overcome throughout the history from now on.
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