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Antibiotic resistant tuberculosis in the United Kingdom: 1993–1999
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    DOT for all patients with smear-positive pulmonary TB in London?
    • RD Barker, Consultant Physician
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      • J Glyn-Jones, GH Bothamley

    Dear Editor

    Supervised drug-taking is frequently seen as the answer to rising levels of tuberculosis. Djuretic et al. advocate directly observed therapy (DOT) for all patients with smear-positive pulmonary tuberculosis in London.[1] At first sight, the experience of instituting DOT in New York City appears especially impressive, with a 21 % reduction in case rates 2 and 39 % decrease in drug-resistant isolates....

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