When the Drugs Don't Work

It’s the year 2040, and medicine isn’t what it used to be.

In this imagined scenario:

  • Most antibiotics stopped working long ago.
  • Hospital superbugs are raging.
  • Drug-resistant TB kills some 2 million people every year.
  • Once-treatable infections frequently lead to amputations—most heartbreakingly in children.

Decades ago, studies had issued warnings about what was to come—but they were heeded far too late.
The Economist

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