Too Much of a Good Thing – Bryan Walsh

From Time Asia:

To many Chinese patients, antibiotics are silver bullets: a cure for everything from skin infections to life-threatening lung ailments; and if a little is good, then more must be better”especially if you can get dosed directly through an intravenous line…

But keeping the peace in the waiting room may be contributing to one of the most troubling issues facing medicine today. Worldwide, overuse of antibiotics is increasing the resistance of bacteria to drugs, leading to stubborn, virulent infections that are invulnerable to almost everything doctors can throw at them.

July 28, 2005 6:27 PM
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