James R. Johnson, MD
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Johnson J.; Principles of Judicious Antibiotic Use: Nonspecific Upper Respiratory Tract Infections. Ann Intern Med. 2002;136:709. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-136-9-200205070-00018
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2002;136(9):709.
TO THE EDITOR:
In their position papers regarding acute upper respiratory tract infections, Gonzales and colleagues (1) and Snow and coworkers (2) state that physicians commonly interpret purulent sputum and purulent nasal secretions as evidence of bacterial infection and therefore as an indication for antibiotic therapy. The authors juxtapose this observation with the statement that purulent secretions do not actually predict a bacterial cause or a response to antibiotic therapy (1, 2). It is unfortunate, in view of the importance of persuading physicians to modify their entrenched erroneous ideas, that this assertion, which was repeated three times in each paper, was not better supported with specific data.
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