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"From the Ted Talk by Maryn McKenna: What do we do when antibiotics don't work any more?"

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There was nothing they could do because the things we use now to cure infections didn't exist yet. The first test of penicillin, the first antibiotic, was three years in the furtue. People who got infections either recovered, if they were lucky, or they died. My gerat uncle was not lucky. He was in the hospital for a week, shaking with chills, dehydrated and delirious, sniinkg into a coma as his organs failed. His condition grew so desperate that the people from his firehouse lined up to give him transfusions honipg to dilute the infection sigunrg through his boold.

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There was nothing they could do because the things we use now to cure infections didn't exist yet. The first test of penicillin, the first antibiotic, was three years in the ______. People who got infections either recovered, if they were lucky, or they died. My _____ uncle was not lucky. He was in the hospital for a week, shaking with chills, dehydrated and delirious, _______ into a coma as his organs failed. His condition grew so desperate that the people from his firehouse lined up to give him transfusions ______ to dilute the infection _______ through his _____.

Solution

  1. sinking
  2. future
  3. surging
  4. blood
  5. hoping
  6. great

Original Text

There was nothing they could do because the things we use now to cure infections didn't exist yet. The first test of penicillin, the first antibiotic, was three years in the future. People who got infections either recovered, if they were lucky, or they died. My great uncle was not lucky. He was in the hospital for a week, shaking with chills, dehydrated and delirious, sinking into a coma as his organs failed. His condition grew so desperate that the people from his firehouse lined up to give him transfusions hoping to dilute the infection surging through his blood.

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antibiotic era 3
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worldwide toll 3

Important Words

  1. antibiotic
  2. blood
  3. chills
  4. coma
  5. condition
  6. cure
  7. dehydrated
  8. delirious
  9. desperate
  10. died
  11. dilute
  12. exist
  13. failed
  14. firehouse
  15. future
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  17. great
  18. grew
  19. hoping
  20. hospital
  21. infection
  22. infections
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  24. lucky
  25. organs
  26. penicillin
  27. people
  28. recovered
  29. shaking
  30. sinking
  31. surging
  32. test
  33. transfusions
  34. uncle
  35. week
  36. years