NANFA-- Antibiotics

Travis Haas (
Mon, 11 Nov 2002 22:59:48 -0600

Does anybody else have "bad feelings" about using antibiotics?

Granted, I hate to see innocent life perish as a result of what was
probably my error, but in my case, I don't think I've ever seen a
successful recovery from disease in a specimen (after treatment, that
is), and the world has antibiotic resistance problems to deal with
because of excessive use of antibiotics on human patients alone ("My toe
hurts, doc - can I have a prescription?")

This isn't meant to push my opinions in any way. I'm just curious to
know what other people think.

For discussion on this topic from the perspective of a vet, I know there
was a letter published in FAMA not too far back, essentially accusing
Julian Sprung of using antibiotics as preventative medicine, if I
remember right. And the vet thought that was a definite bad thing.

So where do we draw the line?

Travis Haas
Appleton, WI

Christopher Scharpf wrote:
> Martin Moore, in his upcoming "Three Questions, Moore Answers" column for
> American Currents recommends antibiotics in the nitrofuran group, which are
> widely used in aquaculture and are absorbed well by fishes, as opposed to
> many other popular antibiotics such as tetracycline, which may be effective
> only topically.
> Chris Scharpf
> Baltimore
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