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Sore throats, why the dilemma?

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 05 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:766
  1. Larry Martel, consultant paediatrician (
  1. Warren Children's Centre, Lisburn, Northern Ireland BT28 1LQ

    EDITOR—With reference to the article by Kumar et al, I find it hard to believe that the argument still goes on about the treatment of sore throats.1 If I had the energy I would dig up the articles to support the following statements.

    Firstly, the only probably treatable organism in the throat is streptococcus, virtually all else is viral.

    Secondly, during the second world war the US government …

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