Drugs: good, bad, and failing

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 25 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:0

“The adult human composes some 1014 cells, but only 10% of these are human.” Sometimes the BMJ contains such remarkable sentences that they need to be reread and considered long and hard. If only 10% of the cells in an adult human are human what on earth are the rest? The answer, Tony Hart tells us in an editorial, are bacteria, fungi, protozoa, worms, and even insects (p 1255). We are walking zoos.

Professor Hart gives us this remarkable fact not to astonish us but to warn all readers who …

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