Dr. James McCune Smith was one of the most accomplished intellectuals and activists in America. He may be best known for his success in abolitionist politics; however, his pioneering influence in medicine is equally remarkable. As the America’s first black doctor, Dr. Smith paved the way for African Americans in the medical field, while committing his life to working for economic and social justice.
On January 21st, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a press release outlining the first case of a novel coronavirus from a patient traveling from the Wuhan province of China.
Given the dependence of modern medicine on antimicrobial drugs, and the inevitability of evolution, why is bringing a new antibiotic to market so difficult, and why are so many companies leaving the industry or going bankrupt?