Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Penicillin G : its very low price has given all of us a quasi Herd Immunity against many once endemic infections

I would claim my book a complete success if it only got a single favourable review on Amazon.com - if that review came from Ramzi Yousef himself.

Recall that in 1993, Ramzi became the first to attempt to blow up the World Trade Center, hoping to kill tens of thousands to revenge those killed by the Atomic bombs of the best known wartime Manhattan Project.

I want Ramzi Yousef and others akin to him worldwide to see that like most things in life, Manhattan is Janus-faced.

Yes it has a Gordon Gekko side, but it also has its Emma Lazarus side.

Plutonium 239, with its half life of more than 24,000 years is atomic Manhattan's dubious gift of death that keeps on giving.

But inexpensive natural penicillin ,the wartime gift from the other face of Janus Manhattan, is a gift of life that just keeps on giving.

Beginning in 1940, in a selfless act of Agape, a dying Manhattan doctor, Henry Dawson, sacrificed his own life to try and save the lives of ten others, insisting (against the Allied governments' dictates) that wartime penicillin should be produced and released in quantities enough for ALL humanity.

Since 1940, Martin Henry Dawson's selfless act has indirectly benefited ten billion of us -- all through a form of quasi Herd Immunity against formerly dreaded bacterial infections.

Because of Dawson's moral argument,  penicillin G is today not just our best loved and most effective lifesaver.

It is also are cheapest and this has allowed poor people not normally treated for lack of money to be cured .

This in turn means that the untreated don't act as reserve pools of virulent strains that have kept these dreaded killers endemic or epidemic for millenniums.

Dawson's gift should go on benefiting billions more, in the years ahead.

Ten billion (plus), all freely benefiting from a single act of selflessly helping ten : 'Bread cast upon waters' indeed !

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