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September 3, 1955

ANTIBIOTICS

JAMA. 1955;159(1):70. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960180072021

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  In the May 21, 1955, issue of The Journal, an editorial by Dr. Maxwell Finland on antibiotic-resistant micrococcic infections excellently summarizes the problem. From my short experience in the private practice of pediatrics, I find that it is probably even more a problem outside than inside the hospital because of the inclination to treat infections without sensitivity tests on the organisms. In the vein of Dr. Bean's "Omphalosophy: An Inquiry into the Inner and Outer Significance of the Belly-Button," reviewed with tongue-in-cheek in The Journal, June 18, 1955, page 616, I have summarized my own feelings.With penicillin, sulfas, and the "mycins" as our aid, We've "polished off" all kinds of germs for more than one decade.To give a drug without a test we thought was rather "foxy" As every time we knocked them out: Bacilli and the cocci.And every time there came a germ

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