24 Jan 2013

The Future of Antibiotics and Resistance (N Engl J Med., extract, edited)

[Source: The New England Journal of Medicine, full page: (LINK). Extract, edited.]

Perspective

The Future of Antibiotics and Resistance

Brad Spellberg, M.D., John G. Bartlett, M.D., and David N. Gilbert, M.D.

N Engl J Med 2013; 368:299-302 - January 24, 2013 - DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1215093

 

In its recent annual report on global risks, the World Economic Forum (WEF) concluded that “arguably the greatest risk . . . to human health comes in the form of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. We live in a bacterial world where we will never be able to stay ahead of the mutation curve. A test of our resilience is how far behind the curve we allow ourselves to fall.”1

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