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Public Health Ethics. 2015 Nov;8(3):255-265. Epub 2015 Jun 30.

Is Antimicrobial Resistance a Slowly Emerging Disaster?

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Southampton Law School, University of Southampton.
Institute of Experimental Medicine, Christian-Albrechts University Kiel.


The problem of antimicrobial resistance is so dire that people are predicting that the era of antibiotics may be coming to an end, ushering in a 'post-antibiotic' era. A comprehensive policy response is therefore urgently needed. A part of this response will require framing the problem in such a way that adequately reflects its nature as well as encompassing an approach that has the best prospect of success. This paper considers framing the problem as a slowly emerging disaster, including its potential benefits and difficulties, from a conceptual and policy perspective.

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