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Antimicrobial Resistance and 20th Century Medicine

Posted on 1 December 2014

What has a drug resistant world looked like in the past?

The final WHO Global Health Histories seminar of 2014 tackles the complex challenge and major global problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). AMR has recently garnered much media attention amid declarations about the potentially enormous threat it poses to public health.

However, although usually perceived as a recent and imminent threat, antimicrobial drug resistance has a 70-year history to be told. The seminar will investigate historical situations in which current challenges relating to antibiotic resistance were shaped, as well as take in perspectives from the present-day fight against resistance.

The Global Health Histories seminar series is based on the principle that understanding the history of health, especially during the last 60 years, helps the global public health community to respond to the challenges of today and help shape a healthier future for everyone, especially those most in need. To this end, 3rd December’s seminar (starting 12pm CET/11am GMT) features a lineup of speakers with a range of experience and expertise; Dr Margaret Chan (Director-General, WHO), Prof. Jeremy Farrar (Director, Wellcome Trust), Dr Marie-Paule Kieny (Assistant Director-General, Health Systems and Innovation, WHO), and Prof. Christoph Gradmann (University of Oslo, Norway).

You can listen to this seminar (and view the presentation slides) live online. Simply visit the WHO Global Health Histories website, click 'join the seminar' and follow the instructions. There is also a facility to pose questions to the presenters and other discussants.

Part of the World Health Organization Global Health Histories Seminar series. Presented in association with the University of York's Department of History and supported by the Wellcome Trust. Please visit the World Health Organisation's website for more information on the Global Health Histories seminar series. Archives of past presentations, including audio files of many seminars, are available via the WHO’s and Centre for Global Health Histories’ websites.

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