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October 28, 1998

Antibiotics for Children With Upper Respiratory Tract Infections

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;280(16):1399-1402. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-16-jbk1028

To the Editor.—Two of the 3 articles that Dr Nyquist and colleagues1 cite on the ineffectiveness of antibiotics in pediatric URIs are from 1993 and 1996, ie, published 1 to 4 years after the NAMCS data they analyzed.2,3 Certainly, physicians cannot be held accountable for practicing by future standards or evidence.

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