How China Tackled the Risky Overprescription of Antibiotics

Beijing has lately enjoyed an uncharacteristic stretch of clear blue skies, a respite from the smog, but I’ve still been feeling under the weather. So, after a few weeks of coughing and persistent sniffles, I finally paid a visit to the Beijing SOS International Health Clinic today. The Dutch doctor took my temperature, listened to my breathing through a stethoscope (“You have mucus in your lungs”), examined my tonsils, and asked several questions about how long symptoms had persisted before prescribing a weeklong course of antibiotics. Like many internationally trained doctors, he was duly cautious about writing a prescription too quickly.

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