EhrlichÃ¢ÂÂs Magic Bullet - and the Curse of Injections
University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9HD, England
- *Corresponding Author:
- Wyatt HV
Visiting Fellow in Philosophy
University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9HD
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: March 29, 2016; Accepted date: August 17, 2016; Published date: August 25, 2016
Citation: Wyatt HV (2016) Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet - and the Curse of Injections. J Health Edu Res Dev 4: 183. doi: 10.4172/2380-5439.1000183
Copyright: © 2016 Wyatt HV. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Ehrlich made more than 600 arsenic compounds, one of which, Salvarsan, cured the disease of syphilis. Later, one injection was found to cure in ten days, the terrible, disfiguring, tropical yaws. This Magic Bullet seemed a miracle, but the injection itself was absorbed into local cultures so that all treatments were given with injections. However, hepatitis and HIV were transmitted to tens of millions by injections. Probably 16 billion injections are made every year, many unnecessary and unsterile. WHO has adopted a campaign for the use of ‘once only’ syringes, but most injections are given outside the health services, and syringes are used many times without cleaning or sterilizing. It is these injections which must be stopped.