19-04 Segment 1: Rethinking Antibiotics

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Since the introduction of antibiotics in World War II, doctors have prescribed courses of treatment that typically ran longer than necessary. Bacterial resistance is forcing a reevaluation, shortening courses sometimes to just a few days and even prompting doctors to advise not using all pills if patients feel better.


  • Dr. Brad Spellberg, Chief Medical Officer, Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center
  • Dr. William Schaffner, infectious disease specialist, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Dr. Louis Rice, Chairman, Department of Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University

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