oa South African Family Practice - Ethical issues in Family Practice : are we prudent when using antimicrobials? : review article



Extracted from text ... SA Fam Pract 2004;46(5) 40 CPD Ethics Ethical Issues in Family Practice: Are we prudent when using antimicrobials? Introduction The term 'emerging infectious diseases' generally is used to classify a variety of diseases: 1 (1) Completely new diseases, (2) Old diseases occurring in new places and in new populations; (3) Old diseases with new presentations; (4) Diseases newly resistant to available drug therapies. In this article, we focus on the latter, diseases newly resistant to available drug therapy in other words, diseases, the treatment of which is compromised because of drug resistance and argue for the prudential use of antimicrobials. ..


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