School of Health Sciences
Biology: Biomedical Sciences
Bioethics and Medical Ethics | Other Chemicals and Drugs
Bost, Brooke A., "Antibiotic Overuse: The History, Consequences, and Possible Solutions" (2017). Senior Honors Theses. 685.
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.