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5, 7, 10 or 14 days: appropriate duration of treatment for bacteraemia or an example of ‘antimicrobial bingo’?
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    Comfort in numbers

    Dear Editor,

    Andrew Riordan writes, as ever, with excellent good sense about the duration of courses of antibiotics. (1)

    Doctors who have trained with me will have heard me talk about this. We are falsely comforted by some numbers, which are highly likely to themselves to be false. The "true" duration of antibiotic therapy ought to be an awkward number - 3.4 days, or 8.7 days. It shouldn't be a neat...

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