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October 8, 2003

Patients With Viral Infections Who Demand AntibioticsPatients With Viral Infections Who Demand Antibiotics

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(14):1851. doi:10.1001/jama.290.14.1851-a

To the Editor: Dr Gonzales1 discussed the reasons that physicians prescribe antibiotics for ARIs with cough, despite the fact that nearly all are viral in origin. Nonetheless, he did not strongly advise physicians not to yield to emotional patient pressure and expectations. Although decision making should be a joint venture between patient and physician, that does not abrogate physicians' responsibility to do no harm and to use the best available information.

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