Streptomycin was discovered by Albert Schatz, Elizabeth Bugie and Selman Waksman in January of 1944. It was truly remarkable in the breadth of pathogens that it attacked, including Vibrio cholerae (cholera) and Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB), against both of which penicillin, the only other antibiotic at that time, had no effect. The discovery of streptomycin radically changed public health.
I love a quote by NPR host, Ailsa Chang "That microbe has saved lots of lives, including Senator Bob Dole and Beatles drummer Ringo Starr. Now, it has one more challenge - becoming official state microbe."
I have been thinking about interesting data and facts that send us off in pursuit of more context and knowledge. Motivated by the abundance of non-proprietary data free for us to access in our personal and professional lives--I began teaching and writing about data literacy. Watch this space for a new creative project to help all of us use data more effectively and give voice to stories yet to be heard...
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In a world of "evidence-based" medicine I am a bigger fan of practice-based evidence.
Remember the quote by Upton Sinclair...
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!”