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December 1, 1999

Antibiotic Use and Risk of Myocardial Infarction

Author Affiliations

Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthorMargaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephenLurieMD PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor


Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999

JAMA. 1999;282(21):1997-1999. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-21-jbk1201

To the Editor: The possible association of infection and atherosclerosis remains controversial. It is extremely difficult to retrospectively assume that an effect seen with an antibiotic is secondary to "treating" a specific organism as implied in the article by Meier and colleagues.1 This is especially true for C pneumoniae, for which the data on treatment are extremely limited and are further complicated by the lack of standardized diagnostic methods.

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