F.T. DARVILL, M.D., F.A.C.P.; TIMM ZIMMERMANN, M.D.
To the editor: On page 497 of the April 1977 issue, Dr. Pantell states that antibiotics do not alter the symptomatic course of streptococcal pharyngitis. He cites a 1951 reference by Brink and associates; we have read the 1951 reference and do not agree that the article justifies the conclusions that Dr. Pantell alleges.
From the management of several hundred cases over our combined careers, neither of us agrees with this conclusion. Admittedly our clinical experience is anecdotal, although extensive.
We would therefore like to see further personal or literature documentation on this issue from Dr. Pantell.
DARVILL F, ZIMMERMANN T. Antibiotics and Streptococcal Pharyngitis. Ann Intern Med. ;87:632–633. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-87-5-632
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;87(5):632-633.
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