After last week's story that people should stop taking their abs when they feel better there has been a ful page opinion piece by a microbiologist in the i newspaper.
He explained that the original findings were based on "a very limited set of clinical trial data for some specific infections".
He described the process by which abs cure the infection and the difference between feeling better and being cured, I. e. Most of the bacteria being eliminated and all the bacteria being gone. The serving bacteria are the 'persisters' which have survived after the patient feels better although they are not abs resistant and are likely to regrow the infection if treatment is stopped.
His conclusion is that the full course should always be completed.
He also queried why one of the original article authors was a retired quantity surveyor.