One hundred blogs old and counting! Yes the Bug Blog is 100… well not 100 years old but it is 100 blogs old. To mark this occasion I thought I would blog about the biggest microbiology impacts to patient care in my career; it will be interesting to know if you agree with my Top 3. You’ll notice that there are no antibiotics on this list. That should not surprise anyone who reads the Bug Blog regularly; there have been no new antibiotics discovered and brought into clinical care since the 1980s. So here we go…in third place is…
A recent patient has reminded me of a moment in my life that still makes me laugh. I was trekking in Nepal with my wife and two others, one another doctor. After 8 days of trekking we had made it to Jomsom up the Kali Gandaki valley where the doctor declared she had run out of money. Really?! There is very little to spend money on along this trek, however it transpires most of her money had gone on rare Tibetan jewellery made from Yaks teeth. Her husband’s face said it all! Our guide later confessed there were no Yaks here as the altitude was too low and they cannot breathe...he thought the necklace was more likely to be buffalo teeth! There are no trading standards when it comes to buying from very astute Tibetan lady traders...fools beware.
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