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June 9, 1956


JAMA. 1956;161(6):535. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.62970060016010a

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Two important conferences on antibiotics were held in Washington, D. C., during the fall of 1955. The first dealt primarily with the use of antibiotics in increasing the production of animals for food. The second reviewed the developments during the past year concerning the use of antibiotics in medicine.

Representatives from 15 foreign countries, including three from Russia, attended the International Conference on Antibiotics in Agriculture, which was sponsored by the National Research Council, Division of Biology and Agriculture. It was reported that the use of antibiotics to accelerate growth of poultry and swine is a well-established practice in the United States, resulting in an increase in food products from these sources. The visitors reported that in foreign countries the use of antibiotics in animal feed is increasing. Antibiotics have not been fed to ruminants because of the possibility of interfering with the processes of digestion in the rumen; however,

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