Choice

Fighting both bugs and tobacco companies

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7294.0/a (Published 05 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:a

Read the BMJ of 60 years ago and you'll see little mention of tobacco. In the BMJ of 20 years ago there was nothing about AIDS. Now tobacco and AIDS are between them killing hundreds of millions—and both feature constantly. This week is no exception. (What, you might wonder, is missing from the journal now that will be dominating it in 20 years' time?)

One problem facing doctors treating patients with AIDS is increasing drug resistance of HIV (p 1074). It had to happen. Modern scientists may be clever, …

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