Learn about the development of tuberculosis treatment in this video adapted from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Forgotten Plague: Tuberculosis in America. In 1943, Selman Waksman and Albert Schatz isolated the first effective antibiotic treatment for tuberculosis: Streptomycin. However, patients relapsed with infections from bacteria that were resistant to the drug. Scientists soon found that a combination of three antibiotics, when taken correctly, was very effective at curing tuberculosis. In spite of these discoveries, drug-resistant TB is becoming increasingly common. This resource is part of the American Experience collection.
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