BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7026.322 (Published 03 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:322
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    A large prospective study to assess the frequency of penicillin resistance in clinically important isolates of Streptococcus pneumoniae in 27 laboratories in Australia found that 161 (6.7%) of the 2396 isolates tested were resistant (Medical Journal of Australia 1996;164:64-8). Although this is much lower than the rates reported in recent studies in the United States and Spain, it represents a similar, and worrying, rate of rise in drug resistance.

    And further attention is drawn to the rise in multiple drug resistant pathogens and the threat this poses to public health in a review in “JAMA” (1996;275:300-4). This emphasises that the rate at which resistant organisms develop depends on the use of antimicrobial drugs not only in humans but in agriculture, aquaculture, and veterinary medicine too. The need for society as a whole to use these drugs more wisely is underlined.

    Between 1972 and 1989 a total of 49 people with psychopathic disorder, 16 of whom had killed, were treated at the young persons' unit at Broadmoor Hospital (British Journal of Psychiatry 1996;168:99-104). After a mean detention period of 7.8 years 30 were released; 10 reoffended, and two killed again. Nevertheless, the 10 rated as having a good social outcome …

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