When the general public and policymakers are told that if the rate of antimicrobial resistance continues at its current pace we will be living in a postantibiotic world, it is not clear that they completely understand what that might mean. While most people probably understand that common infections will become more difficult to treat, they may not appreciate just how integral antibiotics are to all of modern medicine. A new study, whose senior author is Ramanan Laxminarayan from the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics, & Policy, published in Lancet Infectious Diseases, provides a vivid description of what such a world would look like.
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