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Bugs and drugs

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 05 September 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:a

This week's BMJ is devoted to bugs—and their relationship to humans. “Adam had 'em,” and the rest of us certainly do too. In the 20th century we've made determine d efforts to get rid of them, but bacteria are demonstrating their versatility through increasing resistance to antibiotic drugs. The prospect of a return to the pre-antibiotic era is dim but real, and the chief medical officers of Europe are concerned enough to be meeting in Copenhagen this week to develop new strategies against the …

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