Are we approaching the end of the antibiotic era?

Are we approaching the end of the antibiotic era? Are we approaching the end of the antibiotic era? Editorial overview Robert EW Hancock* and David Knowles Addresses *Centre for Microbial Diseases Research and Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3, Canada ~Ladywell House, Boroughbridge, York, YO51 9EB, UK Current Opinion in Microbiology 1998, 1:493-494 http://biomednet.com/elecref/1369527400100493 :c: Current Biology Ltd ISSN 1369-5274 Just m e r a half a century ago a major international effort, stimulatcd by the on going second world war, rcsultcd in the introduction of penicillin into medical practicc. This, together with thc earlier sulphonamides, ushered in the 'antibiotic cra'. No longer were bacterial infections the scourge of the military personnel (and of civilians). Physicians finally had weapons to direct against bacterial causes of Iifc threatening infections. Wc can cstimate the impact of antil)iotics on Western society because lifc expectant'! increased by about cight years betxveen 1944 and 1972. No other single treatment has had such an impact ( i n hnnlan mcdicinc. T h e txvo decades foll<)v¢ing the intr rx years of antibiotic disc<)vcr3q as one aftcr anothcr ncxx antibiotic classcs wcrc introduced and found a place in our pharmacopoeia. T h e s e ncxx and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Current Opinion in Microbiology Elsevier

Are we approaching the end of the antibiotic era?

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Elsevier
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Copyright © 1998 Elsevier Ltd
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1369-5274
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10.1016/S1369-5274(98)80079-9
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Abstract

Are we approaching the end of the antibiotic era? Editorial overview Robert EW Hancock* and David Knowles Addresses *Centre for Microbial Diseases Research and Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3, Canada ~Ladywell House, Boroughbridge, York, YO51 9EB, UK Current Opinion in Microbiology 1998, 1:493-494 http://biomednet.com/elecref/1369527400100493 :c: Current Biology Ltd ISSN 1369-5274 Just m e r a half a century ago a major international effort, stimulatcd by the on going second world war, rcsultcd in the introduction of penicillin into medical practicc. This, together with thc earlier sulphonamides, ushered in the 'antibiotic cra'. No longer were bacterial infections the scourge of the military personnel (and of civilians). Physicians finally had weapons to direct against bacterial causes of Iifc threatening infections. Wc can cstimate the impact of antil)iotics on Western society because lifc expectant'! increased by about cight years betxveen 1944 and 1972. No other single treatment has had such an impact ( i n hnnlan mcdicinc. T h e txvo decades foll<)v¢ing the intr rx years of antibiotic disc<)vcr3q as one aftcr anothcr ncxx antibiotic classcs wcrc introduced and found a place in our pharmacopoeia. T h e s e ncxx and

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Current Opinion in MicrobiologyElsevier

Published: Oct 1, 1998

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