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Multidrug resistant tuberculosis

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 15 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:606
  1. Gavin Yamey (
  1. deputy physician editor, Best Treatments

    Bleeding, purging, bed rest, horseback riding, the mountains, the seashore, cod liver oil, castor oil, chaulmoogra oil, phrenic nerve interruption, thoracoplasty, and pneumothorax—these are just a few of the mostly useless treatments offered for “consumption” until the discovery of antituberculous therapy in the 1940s and 1950s.

    The 1960s saw the development of the DOTS strategy involving directly observed administration of short course first line chemotherapy (p 574). By the early 1990s, the world …

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