Antibiotic use as a tragedy of the commons

Closing out a busy week behind-the-scenes with another short post for yinz (that’s a technical term):

Earlier this month I wrote about antibiotic resistance for the new PLOS Public Health Blog. The surprising hypothesis: our “best practices” may be creating resistance rather than preventing it.

In a beautiful coincidence, PLOS One just published a review paper on antibiotic resistance as a tragedy of the commons: In curtailing antibiotic use, is there a conflict of interest between individual and public health? (Spoiler: yes, but only sometimes.) Disclaimer: I haven’t read it yet, but will shortly.

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