How do antibiotics work?

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In 1928, the first antibiotic was discovered by Alexander Fleming. Called penicillin, a name that has been heard and used around the world, it revolutionized medicine and became the first effective treatment for bacterial infections. Since the late 1920’s penicillin has saved millions of lives not only itself but also by opening up science to the discovery and manufacture of other antibiotics.

When we are sick, we go to a doctor who looks down our throats, asks us some questions, and often prescribes a series of tablets that we are instructed to complete the course of. But how do these different colored tablets actually work?

The following video explains exactly how antibiotics work and why they are such an essential part of our healthy lives.