KLIMIK JOURNAL, cilt.31, ss.78-87, 2018 (ESCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi)
Multidrug resistance observed in microorganisms, especially in hospital-based pathogens, poses a serious public health threat. While scientists have not been able to develop a radical solution for the increasing antibiotic resistance problem, the search for treatment alternatives in appropriate clinical settings continues consistently. Although bacteriophage (phage) therapy was quite popular between 1920 and 1950, it has been abandoned in many parts of the world due to various reasons, nowadays it is again at the agenda and is at the forefront of alternative therapies. In this rediscovery process in area of infectious diseases and clinical microbiology, it is important to consider the interesting history of phage therapy, the reasons for abandonment, the advantages/disadvantages over antibiotics, and the concerns about deployment in clinical use.