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    Default How A 14th Century Manuscript Could Solve Our Antibiotic Crisis

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    Researchers are poring over an important medieval medical text with 360 recipes, many of which might have successfully fought infection long before modern science.
    Antibiotic resistance and the dawn of superbugs give rise to all kinds of horror movie scenarios. At this point, an estimated 700,000 people die each year from drug-resistant infections. And with the discovery of new antibiotics sluggish at best, by 2050 some 10 million people could die annually without some kind of breakthrough.
    And with that in mind, some experts, instead of looking into the future of medicine, are looking into the past.


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    Default Re: How A 14th Century Manuscript Could Solve Our Antibiotic Crisis

    Not at all surprising. After all, ancient medicines were based on years, perhaps generations, of trial and error. Humans in our arrogance are too ready to dismiss TCM (traditional Chinese Medicine) or old wives' tales simply because they pre-date modern technology and the publishing industry. Ethnobotanists are learning what the ancient shamans knew.
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    Default Re: How A 14th Century Manuscript Could Solve Our Antibiotic Crisis

    This is exciting. As Islander noted, TCM should not be dismissed out of hand. Also, ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Serbians, etc. all developed long-forgotten effective remedies for infectious diseases. They used stuff like honey and moldy bread...and it worked. India's 3,000 year old Ayurvedic medicine should not be overlooked either. I'm happy someone is finally looking back to find potential answers to today's antibiotic problems.

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