European Respiratory Society
Antibiotics and the lung

To serve its primary function of gas exchange, the lung is the organ with the largest epithelial surface area in continuous contact with the external environment. The upper and lower airways of humans are repeatedly exposed to airborne particles and microorganisms. Infectious respiratory disorders are therefore an important part of our daily activities as practising physicians. Furthermore, the management of these infectious diseases continues to evolve. Physicians are continuously confronted with new challenges in the cost-effective management of these infectious diseases. Antibiotic treatment is a key factor in the treatment schedules of these diseases. However, the efficacy of antibiotics traditionally used in the treatment of respiratory infections is increasingly compromised by the emergence of resistant bacteria. This issue of the Monograph covers basic knowledge about treatment with antibiotics, state-of-the-art information about a variety of different classes of antibiotics, economic aspects of antibiotic treatment and the epidemiological consequences of antibiotic use in the community.

  • European Respiratory Society Monographs

Bibliographic Information

Title: 
Antibiotics and the lung
Edited by: 
  • M. Cazzola
  • F. Blasi
  • S. Ewig
Published: 
2004-04-01
Copyright year: 
  • 2004
DOI: 
10.1183/1025448x.erm2804
ISBN electronic: 
978-1-904097-92-1
Series: 
European Respiratory Society Monographs