Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

2017

School

School of Health Sciences

Major

Biology: Biomedical Sciences

Keywords

antibiotics

Disciplines

Bioethics and Medical Ethics | Other Chemicals and Drugs

Abstract

Antibiotic overuse has become alarmingly accepted in the developed world. This overuse is leading to drug resistance in microbes, resulting in bacterial infections that are impossible to treat. Steps must be taken to reverse the damage that has already been done and prevent further resistance from developing. This thesis will examine the context and societal situations that led to this acceptance of antibiotic overuse and misuse seen in both health care professionals and the public, the biochemical and genetic pathways that allow a microbe to develop drug resistance, the various methods that have been suggested by experts to prevent and reverse this epidemic, the consequences that could follow if this trend of antibiotic overuse is allowed to continue, and how antibiotics fit into the biblical Christian worldview. The situation has not yet progressed to a point of no return. This thesis will propose several potential solutions to this issue.

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