Types of resistance

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 03 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:0

The anthrax infections in the United States have highlighted the uncomfortable topic of antibiotic resistance. As North America buys up large stocks of ciprofloxacin for treating anthrax—and other manufacturers offer alternative antibiotics (p 1023)—Tony Hart and Nicholas Beeching warn (p 1017) that prolonged administration of ciprofloxacin to many individuals may lead to the emergence of resistance. That, they conclude, “would be an even greater triumph for the terrorists.”

The pessimists' view on resistance—that “bacteria are bound to win the war against medicine”—is quoted by Richard Wise …

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