When does overuse of antibiotics become a tragedy of the commons?

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Porco, Travis C.; Gao, Daozhou; Scott, James C.; Shim, Eunha; Enanoria, Wayne T.; Galvani, Alison P.; Lietman, Thomas M.;
  • Publisher: Public Library of Science (PLoS)
  • Journal: PLoS ONE,volume 7,issue 12 (issn: 1932-6203, eissn: 1932-6203)
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  • Related identifiers: pmc: PMC3517551, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0046505
  • Subject: Applied Mathematics | Research Article | Biology | Drug Information | Mathematics | Game Theory | Clinical Research Design | Infectious Disease Epidemiology | Medicine | Epidemiology | Q | R | Population Biology | Drugs and Devices | Science

Background Over-prescribing of antibiotics is considered to result in increased morbidity and mortality from drug-resistant organisms. A resulting common wisdom is that it would be better for society if physicians would restrain their prescription of antibiotics. In thi... View more
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