The idea that phage may be useful to cure bacterial infections has been around since the discovery of phage. This idea was popularized by the novel Arrowsmith written by Sinclair Lewis in 1925. However, phage therapy proved more difficult than initially hoped and the discovery of effective antibiotics caused phage therapy to fall into disfavor in the west. Nevertheless, research on this topic continued in some enclaves of the world. With the recent increases in antibiotic resistance, the west has once again begun to ponder the potential of phage therapy. For more information on the potential of phage to treat bacterial infections, see the nice summary of phage therapy written by Betty Kutter.
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