AMR Course: History of Public Attitudes Toward Microbial Diseases

Antimicrobials have revolutionized modern medicine and saved millions of lives. However, the microbial evolutionary response to an increase in antimicrobial compounds has been a period of rapid adaptation that threatens the efficacy of these vital drugs for human and animal health. The causes and repercussions of this growing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) are highly complex, which is why any attempt to address the issue should utilize a one health approach across the mutually dependent spheres of human, animal, and environmental health. That is why the national extension team iAMResponsible teaches a multi-university virtual course on antimicrobial resistance across the one health spectrum. It is also why the team is sharing some of the course material here – because everyone needs to know about AMR!

Here we include a lecture by Dr. Kari Nixon of Whitworth University on the history of public attitudes toward microbial diseases.

Authors and Sponsors

The iAMResponsible project was started by Amy Schmidt at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Stephanie Lansing at the University of Maryland. Find out more about the project here. Funding for the iAMResponsbile Project was provided by USDA-NIFA Award Nos. 2017-68003-26497, 2018-68003-27467 and 2018-68003-27545. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.