Why infectious diseases

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Infectious diseases is a broad discipline that is almost unique in contemporary medicine with its ability to cure and prevent disease, to identify specific disease causes (microbes), and to deal with diverse, sometimes massive outbreaks. The value of the infectious disease practitioner is now magnified by the crisis of antibiotic resistance, the expanding consequences of international travel, the introduction of completely new pathogen diagnostics, and healthcare reform with emphasis on infection prevention and cost in dollars and lives. Infectious disease careers have great personal rewards to the practitioner based on these observations. It is unfortunate that we have been so effective in our work, but relatively ineffective in convincing the healthcare system of this value.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S85-S92
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
StatePublished - 2014


  • Antibiotic stewardship
  • Epidemics
  • Infection control
  • Kinetics of the field

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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