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January 11, 1995

The Plague Makers: How We Are Creating Catastrophic New Epidemics—And What We Must Do to Avert Them

Author Affiliations

Regional Medical Center at Memphis Memphis, Tenn

JAMA. 1995;273(2):171-172. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520260093044

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Does the title suggest a headline you might see while waiting to check out at the supermarket? Read on:

Shocking in its revelations, alarming in its implications and overwhelmingly convincing in the evidence it offers, The Plague Makers warns that we are facing impending disaster. Pneumonia, rheumatic fever, meningitis, osteomyelitis, and countless other serious infectious diseases previously considered under control have suddenly reemerged and may soon reach epidemic proportions, plunging the world into a plague of misery and death unlike anything seen in over a half a century.

So reads the dust cover for this book by Jeffrey A. Fisher, MD. Sensational, heady stuff! Designed to sell books, this yellow journalistic approach permeates the entire work, burying a real and serious issue under a pile of exaggeration, accusation, and sophistry.

The Plague Makers attempts to associate the widespread and "indiscriminate" use of antibiotics with impending doom. Dr Fisher predicts "catastrophic

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