I thought no ICU-related site is complete without a tribute to the chemical weapons we deploy in the constant violent struggle against the teeming hordes of microorganisms which threaten our precious bodily fluids. This is a list of such weapons, separating them by their functional class. The college has not asked detailed pharmacology-related questions about antibiotics since Question 5 from the second paper of 2000, where the candidates were asked to "utline the indications, contraindications, side effects and details of administration for benzyl penicillin, ciprofloxacin and cotrimoxazole.
Antibiotics which disrupt bacterial cell walls
Folate metabolism inhibitors
Antibiotics which interrupt protein synthesis
Antibiotics which disrupt DNA or RNA synthesis