Medizin und Gesundheit
Sociology & anthropology
Medicine and health
antibiotic crisis; post-antibiotic era; existential threat for humanity; global and intergenerational health (care); global and intergenerational (in)justice
Medicine, Social Medicine
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AbstractCurrently, mankind is facing the risk of running out of working antibiotics. Such a post-antibiotic era bears tremendous risks such as globally spread or even pandemic bacterial infections. These infections become thus untreatable and possibly lethal, particularly endan-gering the health (care) of future generations. This paper discusses this acute concern for humanity in three main steps. After first elaborating on the role of antibiotics and the occur-ring resistance in modern medicine, the focus will be on the current scope of the problem of antibiotics and the prognosis of its future escalation. Then the possibility of a way out and its obstacles will be addressed, before finally assessing the existential threat of a post-antibiotic era.