Second question: We're talking about how staph infections get resistant to antibiotics, and whether doctors should be held liable for over-prescribing antibiotics. But really, do we need to see a slide of pictures of staph infections?
This discussion is interesting to me because it may be relevant to something that happened last year. During exams I was sick, but I brushed it off as just a cold (law students are pretty susceptible to getting sick, especially during exam time, because of stress). The bottom line is that I let it go too long before I went to the doctor and when I finally went I had a fever of almost 105 degrees. I ended up in the hospital for 3 days while they pumped me full of antibiotics, did a spinal tap, and ultimately never figured out what was wrong.
So, did an extra-virulent strain of bacteria have something to do with that? Maybe, but we'll never know.