Antibiotics for sore throats

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6971.58b (Published 07 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:58

Patient and doctor should reach decision together

  1. Christopher Del Mar
  1. Reader General Practice Unit, Medical School, University of Queensland, Herston, Queensland 4007, Australia

    EDITOR,—Both papers representing the two sides in the controversy over whether antibiotics should be given for sore throats seem to miss the point.1 That by P S Little and I Williamson concludes that antibiotics provide so little benefit that this is outweighed by the costs and that general practitioners should therefore have a policy of not using them. The other, by Pesach Shvartzman, suggests …

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