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Chapter 15 : Conclusions

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This is the conclusory chapter of . Each of the individuals profiled in this book was responsible, directly or indirectly, for a paradigm shift in medical thought. The problems of infections with new or reemerging pathogens and the difficulties with antibiotic resistance are threatening not only the progress in the practice of infectious diseases but all medical advances. We have squandered these wonder drugs and need to find ways to conserve the effectiveness of the antibiotics that we currently have. We have successfully altered the human body's immune system to prolong the survival of transplant recipients. We would do well to remember the rigor and meticulousness with which Pasteur and Koch worked out the methods to prove causal role of microorganisms in human disease. For the HIV vaccine, new concepts and approaches to our fundamental understanding of immunity and vaccine formation are needed. The complex task of trying new formulations for an HIV vaccine will hopefully build on the modest success of the Thai trial. We often focus only on the scientific issues related to infectious diseases and need to be reminded that social and economic problems will continue to lead to countless infectious disease problems. As we struggle with health care reform, the strength, passion, and single-mindedness of Lillian Wald should serve as an inspiring example of creative ways to fund the path for progress in combating not just the microorganisms but societal ills.

Citation: Gaynes R. 2011. Conclusions, p 311-317. In Germ Theory. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555817220.ch15

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