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May

Hay Festival: Sally Davies - The Drugs Don't Work

The John Maddox Lecture - The Drugs Don't Work by Professor Dame Sally C. Davies.

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Saturday 23rd May, 2020 @ 5:30 pm

  • Questions & Answers
  • Talk

Free

About the Event

The John Maddox Lecture - The Drugs Don't Work by Professor Dame Sally C. Davies

Antibiotics add, on average, twenty years to our lives. For over seventy years, since the manufacture of penicillin in 1943, we have survived extraordinary operations and life-threatening infections. We are so familiar with these wonder drugs that we take them for granted. The truth is that we have been abusing them: as patients, as doctors, as travellers, in our food.No new class of antibacterial has been discovered for twenty six years and the bugs are fighting back. If we do not take responsibility now, in a few decades we may start dying from the most commonplace of operations and ailments that can today be treated easily.

Professor Dame Sally C. Davies was the Chief Medical Officer for England and the first woman to hold the post. She holds a number of international advisory positions and is Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. Introduced by Magdalena Skipper, Editor in Chief of Nature

This event is live and there will be a Q&A afterwards.

About the Book

The Drugs Don't Work
The Drugs Don't Work

Sally Davies, Jonathan Grant, Mike Catchpole

Publisher:Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date:19 Sep 2013

ISBN:9780241969199

Antibiotics add, on average, twenty years to our lives. For over seventy years, since the manufacture of penicillin in 1943, we have survived extraordinary operations and life-threatening infections. We are so familiar with these wonder drugs that we take them for granted. This book deals with this topic.