The base photo for this picture was taken on a walk through an ancient forest in Outback Australia, big old river gums on every side scarred and burned from countless fires and floods. It was paired with a very old lady with bronchopneumonia. Pneumonia used to be known as the “old man’s friend” because it carried them off quickly and painlessly. These days, however, most pneumonia is treatable with antibiotics and general medical support, and people die of other things. My mother trained as a nurse just before World War II and a quiet section of the hospital ward was kept aside for patients with pneumonia who they knew were going to die. She remembers the introduction of penicillin and the way it was given to patients in miniscule doses, nevertheless those that had been given up to die of their pneumonia miraculously recovered and went home rejoicing. It was the “magic bullet”.