Current Issue Can antibiotics really cure back pain?
The trouble with miracle cures
Last year, when I read in the Guardian that antibiotics could cure chronic lower back pain, I thought it was some kind of joke. Might psychiatrists next declare that depression is caused by an infection of the heart and could be cured by penicillin?
I don’t normally keep my medical knowledge up to date with newspapers. Like most hospital doctors, I rely on meetings, conferences, corridor conversations and the heavyweight journa