One of those conversations again.
Whatever happened to ‘take two aspirins and call me in the morning?
Not quite. One faces a couple of problems:
1. If patients are not given tablets (or similar) by their doctor they tend to switch doctors.
2. Antibiotics are in fact only suitable for a relatively narrow range of illnesses.
3. Antibiotics, when taken incorrectly – e.g. an incomplete course – can actually do more damage than good.
4. And, of course, the kicker: patients always know more than the medical staff; sometimes true, but definitely not in the case of chavs.
Your typical patient, when suffering from a case of sniffles, will normally rush into the surgery demanding antibiotics.…