Rx for Survival
A Global Health Challenge

PBS
Show More

6 videos in this collection

Disease Warriors
Before there was an understanding of infectious disease, few weapons were available to fight it. Disease Warriors chronicles the groundbreaking work of early researchers, such as the famed scientist Louis…
Rise of the Superbugs
It's difficult to imagine a world without medicines -- and yet, before the twentieth century there weren't any. The discovery of the very first antibiotic, penicillin, and the subsequent development…
Delivering the Goods
At the dawn of the 21st century, we can prevent, treat or cure most of the deadliest diseases known to humankind -- and yet millions die needlessly every year because…
Deadly Messengers
Since the plague killed millions of Europeans in the Middle Ages, vector-borne diseases -- those that rely on insects and animals to spread infectious agents -- have posed a serious…
Back to the Basics
Ever since sailors noticed that scurvy could be prevented with citrus fruits, it has been clear that illness could be caused by a lack of certain nutrients. While nutrient-enriched products…
How Safe Are We?
During the past 100 years, life expectancy more than doubled in developed countries. In the last few decades, however, thirty new infectious diseases have emerged and one of them --…

Related videos

Disease Warriors
Part of the Series: Rx for Survival
Before there was an understanding of infectious disease, few weapons were available to fight it. Disease Warriors chronicles the groundbreaking work of early researchers, such as the famed scientist Louis Pasteur, who unmasked germs as the source of illness. Pasteur went on to develop a rabies vaccine -- a great…
Outbreak! Contagion! The Next Pandemic!
Using your newly acquired infectious disease knowledge, look into the future and discern what the next pandemic might be--one that would reach all continents quickly, be difficult to treat, be extremely deadly, and perhaps threaten the very survival of the human race!
The Nemesis of Mankind: HIV and AIDS
More than three decades after the first cases of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) were reported, the global health community is still dealing with a pandemic of 33 million infected people, of which about 3 million are children. Learn the scientific facts behind this virus and why it is so difficult…
Antibiotics: A Modern Miracle Lost?
Trace the history of antibiotic development and explore how the eight classes of antibiotics attack bacterial infections. Gain an introduction to the increasingly important concern of antibiotic resistance, and learn how you can contribute to the more prudent use of antibiotics.
The Trouble with Antibiotics
Part of the Series: Frontline
FRONTLINE investigates the widespread use of antibiotics in food animals and whether it is fueling the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance in people. Also this hour: An exclusive interview with the family of a young man who died in a nightmare bacteria outbreak that swept through a hospital at the…
Vaccines Save Lives
From routine childhood vaccinations to the experimental vaccines given to Ebola patients in Africa and the United States, vaccines have a powerful effect on public health. Learn the facts about the four different types of vaccines and their components, and discover why the concept of herd immunity is critical to…
Malaria and Tuberculosis: Global Killers
In spite of a multitude of global efforts to decrease their mortality rates, these two ancient diseases are still the deadliest in the world. Go beyond vaccines and mosquito netting and see the innovative experiments being conducted in an attempt to eradicate malaria and tuberculosis.
Desperately Seeking Doctors: The Kimberley
Outspoken and zealous, Dr Mary Fortune leaves Scotland to take up the challenge of working in one of the most remote medical posts on the planet. With her fresh eyes we discover the realities of Australian health delivery in a new light. Field Director: Stuart Greig Post Director: Alan Carter…
Paralyzing Fear
Seldom has society come full circle in the cycle of a disease - from illness, to epidemic, to cure. Polio is the 20th century's most notable exception. Every baby boomer remembers collecting dimes in their dime cards, hearing the success of the Salk shot, and lining up for oral vaccines…
Hilleman - A Perilous Quest to Save the World's Children
The 20th century was a dangerous time to be young: a multitude of diseases too often kept children from reaching even their teenage years. Millions suffered and died. From that environment one man would emerge to lead a revolution in vaccine innovation that would save many millions of young lives…
Body Wars - The Epidemic of Autoimmune Diseases.
Something frightening is happening to the citizens of the developed world. Despite major advances in health care, over recent decades we've been battling an ever-growing epidemic of once rare allergic and autoimmune diseases. Today, more than 17 million people in the U.S. alone struggle to maintain one of their body's…
Medical School for Everyone - Pediatrics Grand Rounds
Kids, for all their youth and vigor, aren't indestructible. They're always growing, which makes their health needs different from those of the average adult. Enter pediatricians: trained medical experts whose sole mission is to help children reach their maximum potential. Pediatrics, which focuses on the medical care of children from…