Aphorisms #1: Antimicrobial Resistance

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I am working on a document outlining strategies for monitoring and surveillance of antimicrobial resistance (hence the recent plethora of posts on the topic!) and sometimes, these documents spout some beautifully poetic paragraphs amidst pages and pages of policy jargon! So I thought of blogging them as and when I come across them!

From  Shaban RZ, Simon GI, Trott DJ, Turnidge J & Jordan D 2014, Surveillance and reporting of antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic usage in animals and agriculture in Australia, report to the Department of Agriculture, Griffith University and University of Adelaide, Australia, on page 30, comes a quote that catches me quite off guard:

Elinor Ostrom, 2009 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences, has stated in respect of antimicrobial resistance that ‘the issue is comparable to that of climate change in the sense that both phenomena involve non-renewable global resources, both are caused by human activity and are intrinsically linked to our behaviour. The problem can only be addressed through international cooperation’

This quote is attributed to Cars, O., Hedin, A. & Heddini, A. 2011. The global need for effective antibiotics—Moving towards concerted action. Drug Resistance Updates, 14, 68-69. Now that goes on the list of must read documents which is rapidly becoming more and more obese!


Skeptic Oslerphile, Scientist at the Indian Council of Medical Research, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases. Interests include: Emerging Infections, Public Health, Antimicrobial Resistance, One Health and Zoonoses, Diarrheal Diseases, Medical Education, Medical History, Open Access, Healthcare Social Media and Health2.0. Opinions are my own!

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