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Egyptian Papyrus

The Eber’s papyrus, which dates back from about 1550 B.C., is the oldest preserved medical document.  It contains a list of formulas and remedies to cure illnesses and afflictions ranging from pains to cancer11.

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Historical Bacterial Disease Outbreaks

Past civilizations were constantly confronted with fatal infectious diseases, some in catastrophic proportions. Examples of bacterial diseases that have wreaked havoc to humanity are: Black death or plague, cholera and syphilis.  If antimicrobials had been available, mankind’s history would have been altogether different.