Impact of Infections and Antibiotic Use on Medical Care

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Infectious diseases should be well under control in this country. Major improvements in sanitation, nutrition, immunization, and surgical asepsis were achieved in the first half of this century. Antibiotics were rapidly introduced after the Second World War, and new vaccines were developed against poliomyelitis, measles, and rubella and, most recently, for prevention of pneumococcal infections. Many new antibiotics will be introduced in the near future. Vaccines are likely to be available for viral hepatitis and possibly gonorrhea. Mortality due to tuberculosis has dropped to its lowest point in history. Given these achievements, all that appears to be needed is prudent

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