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Penicillin for acute sore throat in children: randomised, double blind trial

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7427.1324 (Published 04 December 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1324

Spreading the Word...

Dear Sir,

Saint Bonifatius came from the British Isles to bring the Word to
Germany.

Fleming and Florey tried to bring Penicillin to the world.

St. Bonifatius was killed in Dokkum.

Penicillin became nonsense in Utrecht.

I, the man from Geismar, warn You:

Do not spread the wrong word. Our German Medical Journal is citing
Your paper today in an absurd manner:

"Nearly all children could safely be treated without antibiotics."

Nothing said about the exclusion of nearly 14% sick children with
imminent quinsy, suspected scarlet fever and an intercurrent disease
requiring antibiotics.

So we only hear: No penicillin!
And that is not right.

Sincerely Yours

Friedrich Flachsbart

"Halsentzündung bei Kindern: Antibiotika selten indiziert."
Deutsches Ärzteblatt 16. January 2004; 101:A125

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

16 January 2004
Friedrich Flachsbart
General Medicine Praxis
37085 Göttingen (Geismar)