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Update in Infectious Diseases

John G. Bartlett, MD
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1998-99 Series John Roberts, MD, Editor From Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland. For the current author address, see end of text. Requests for Reprints: John G. Bartlett, MD, 1830 Monument Street, Room 437, Baltimore, MD 21205. Current Author Addresses: Dr. Bartlett: 1830 Monument Street, Room 437, Baltimore, MD 21205.

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Ann Intern Med. 1998;129(6):464-471. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-129-6-199809150-00008
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Updates in medicine are often out of date by the time they are presented, and this is especially true in infectious diseases. Even yesterday's advances are important, however, because today's progress is built on them.

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Figure 1.
Number of office visits (striped bars) and antibiotic prescriptions (white bars) for common infections in adults: result of the National Ambulatory Care Survey, 1992.

Data from Gonzales R, Steiner JF, Sande MA. Antibiotic prescribing for adults with colds, upper respiratory tract infections, and bronchitis by ambulatory care physicians. JAMA. 1997; 278:901-4. URI = upper respiratory tract infection; UTI = urinary tract infection.

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