A new national strategy to combat antibiotic resistance aims to improve diagnostic testing, disease surveillance, and the prevention of inappropriate antibiotic use.
The article by Gregory Byrne (The Scientist, November 17, p.2) contains the statement"… was the exception that proves the rule" (my emphasis). It is surprising that a newspaper for the science professional should use a phrase which is the antithesis of scientific thought. The original Latin expression exceptio probat regulam means "the exception probes the rule"—a principle that we would all agree should be basic to the thinking of the science professional. -Martin Freundlich Departm
January 12, 1987|