Within my working lifetime, the pattern of antibiotic resistance in healthcare has transformed from a rare but notable event, to a problem of epidemic proportion. If we are to avoid a return to the pre-antibiotic landscape with all its excess mortality we must be bold. To squander the advantage we have so recently gained against microorganisms in the fight for life would be unthinkable.
Undesirable, sure; unthinkable, huh? It’s always been the bacteria’s world, we just live in it. Now pardon me while I return to paranoiacally monitoring my incisions for signs of infection and whimpering softly.