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Trust me on antibiotics, doctor – I’m a patient | Anne Perkins

Evidence that finishing the course may fuel bacterial resistance will test our relationship with experts – and perhaps begin the healing process

• Anne Perkins is a Guardian columnist

Early in 1941 Albert Alexander, a middle-aged police officer, went to his local hospital – the John Radcliffe, in Oxford – with a nasty infected scratch on his face. Popular legend says the injury was caused by a thorn on a rosebush; others believe that it had been inflicted during a bombing raid on Southampton, where he was on duty in the blitz. PC Alexander is famous in medical history because he was …read more

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