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Disease Warriors
Part of the Series: Rx for Survival
PBS
Before there was an understanding of infectious disease, few weapons were available to fight it. Disease Warriors chronicles the groundbreaking work of early researchers, such as the famed scientist Louis Pasteur, who unmasked germs as the source of illness. Pasteur…
Delivering the Goods
Part of the Series: Rx for Survival
PBS
At the dawn of the 21st century, we can prevent, treat or cure most of the deadliest diseases known to humankind -- and yet millions die needlessly every year because the benefits of modern medicine and public health fail to…
Back to the Basics
Part of the Series: Rx for Survival
PBS
Ever since sailors noticed that scurvy could be prevented with citrus fruits, it has been clear that illness could be caused by a lack of certain nutrients. While nutrient-enriched products have reduced diseases caused by vitamin deficiency in the developed…
Rise of the Superbugs
Part of the Series: Rx for Survival
PBS
It's difficult to imagine a world without medicines -- and yet, before the twentieth century there weren't any. The discovery of the very first antibiotic, penicillin, and the subsequent development of more "wonder drugs" transformed the face of modern medicine.…
Deadly Messengers
Part of the Series: Rx for Survival
PBS
Since the plague killed millions of Europeans in the Middle Ages, vector-borne diseases -- those that rely on insects and animals to spread infectious agents -- have posed a serious threat to public health. Today, the most dangerous vector on…
How Safe Are We?
Part of the Series: Rx for Survival
PBS
During the past 100 years, life expectancy more than doubled in developed countries. In the last few decades, however, thirty new infectious diseases have emerged and one of them -- AIDS -- is becoming perhaps the most devastating epidemic in…
Rx for Survival - A Global Health Challenge
PBS
From vaccines to antibiotics, clean water to nutrition, bio-terror threats to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the six-part series Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge tells the compelling stories of global health challenges and successes. Employing both historical dramatic sequences and…
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