Bacteriophage therapy and prophylaxis: rediscovery and renewed assessment of potential

Trends Microbiol. 1997 Jul;5(7):268-71. doi: 10.1016/S0966-842X(97)01054-8.


Bacteriophages were discovered 82 years ago. Claims for their use in the treatment of infections were not confirmed by early controlled trials, and the success of antibiotics superseded this potential use. However, recent studies have shown interesting therapeutic effects that warrant further investigation and development.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bacterial Infections / prevention & control*
  • Bacterial Infections / therapy*
  • Bacteriophages*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Humans
  • Viral Vaccines / therapeutic use*


  • Viral Vaccines