A 25 year old visits the E.R. with a cough and fever requesting antibiotics to treat his symptoms. Dr. Waghmare, knowing this treatment will not help his symptoms and the risks associated with long-term antibiotic use, tries to discuss with the patient why this is unnecessary. This blog entry from the Overhead Page by Raj Waghmare provides an overview of the difficulties of reducing antibiotic prescribing and the dangers of antibiotic resistance.
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