医学的社会科学

达沃斯—20实际80年代,当我还是一位医科学生时,我在新几内亚的巴布亚(Papua)得了疟疾。这是一段可怕的体验。我头痛发烧,并出现贫血。但我吃了药,并好了起来。这不是一段愉快的体验,但感谢高效廉价的疟疾药,我从未陷入险境。

这些把我治愈的药片——氯喹如今已不再有用。即使在我服用它们的时候,世界许多地区的导致疟疾的寄生虫已经拥有了氯喹抗药性。巴布亚新几内亚是这些药片还能管用的最后几个地方之一,而即使在那里,氯喹的药效也是每况愈下。如今,氯喹已经基本从我们的药品清单中消失。

病原体对抗生素和其他抗菌药的抗药性越来越强,这正在成为当代医疗的最大危机——而这一危机无法单靠科学解决。

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