Abuse me and you will loose me!

Maurice Mikkers
Jan 26, 2015 · 2 min read

Antibiotics are powerful medicines that fight bacterial infections. Used properly, antibiotics can save lives. They either kill bacteria or keep them from reproducing. Your body’s natural defenses can usually take it from there. But have you ever wondered about how they would look underneath a microscope? Of course your question at the time taking that antibiotics would have been “will it cure or my infection?”

There are a large number of antibiotics available and each antibiotic is effective for only certain types of infections. So its important too choose an antibiotic based on the most likely cause of the infection.

So why take micrographic pictures of pain medication?

The idea of these micrographs came from the same idea as described this early publication “Crystals that will ease your pain”.

So where to start?

Like the introduction stated, almost everyone is familiar or has taken antibiotics in there life. So you also know it is essential to finish taking a prescribed course of antibiotics, even if you feel better, unless a healthcare professional tells you otherwise. If you stop taking an antibiotic part way through a course, the bacteria can become resistant to the antibiotic.

So how to get acces to these prescription medicine?

Well I was lucky, a few months ago I received an envelope with someone Ciprofloxacin antibiotics, with a written support letter. The doctor advised to stop the prescribed course of antibiotics, so in stead of ending in the trash, they ended underneath my microscope. Thanks to the “anonymous” supporter I got the opportunity to have a look at a new category of medicine on a microscopical level.

The First results

Since I had only had only one type of antibiotic at my disposal, I started to experiment with this first one, and I got lucky quite soon. Below you can find a beautiful micrograph of Ciprofloxacin.

Ciprofloxacin crystals after waiting for 9 hours, made visible by using a cross polarized light microscope.
Ciprofloxacin crystals after waiting for 9 hours, made visible by using a cross polarized light microscope. (100% zoom of above image)

Work in progress:

Hopefully in the future I will be able to get my hands on some more antibiotics that are available on the market. This so I can continue my journey of making micrographic series out of these antibiotics.

“My final goal” is have an exposition of these micrographs, combined or themed by medication.

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