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I just had a physical checkup. My doctor called and told me that I had a urinary infection. He immediately prescribed antibiotics. I grew up before the age of antibiotics when every infection was a potential emergency. When I was 8 years old, I contracted a mastoid infection. My parents took me to a top doctor in New York City and he turned me down thinking he could not save me. In despair, my parents found another doctor that was willing to operate. In those days, before antibiotics, the surgeon had to cut out the infection with a scalpel. I survived. Today, my mastoid infection would be cured with a few antibiotic pills. My mother's mother died of an infection when my mother was 3. Her sister died of a mastoid infection when my mother was 21. How did we ever survive the years before antibiotics? Many of us did not ... Log in or subscribe to continue reading.


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