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The Guardian view on antibiotics: don’t keep taking the tablets | Editorial

When knowledge advances, so should the advice doctors give

The idea that we have a moral duty to complete any course of antibiotics that the doctor prescribes is intuitively comforting. Following the course to the end appears as an act of solidarity against the genuinely terrible threat of widespread antibiotic resistance, something that could make medicine as we know it impossibly dangerous. Following the doctor’s orders allows us to be mildly uncomfortable in pursuit of collective good. So it is rather shocking when the British Medical Journal reports that the instruction is mistaken and indeed counterproductive. We should not …read more

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