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August 31, 1918

PNEUMONIA AT A BASE HOSPITALOBSERVATIONS IN ONE THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED CASES AT CAMP PIKE, ARK.

Author Affiliations

Major, M. R. C., U. S. Army; Chief of Medical Service CAMP PIKE, LITTLE ROCK, ARK.

JAMA. 1918;71(9):700-702. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600350004002
Abstract

Since the opening of the base hospital at Camp Pike, Ark., in September, 1917, to April 27, 1918, there were admitted to the medical wards 1,285 pneumonia patients; 857 of these had lobar pneumonia and 428 of these had bronchopneumonia.

The majority of the cases in September and October, sixty-nine in number, were of the lobar pneumonia type, which we are used to seeing in civil practice, and I felt that the pneumonia question in military service was to be one of great interest and great hope, because of the comparatively low mortality in these months. Unfortunately, this opinion was rapidly changed, and in the following months the change was one which caused great anxiety and apprehension.

During the month of September there were no deaths from either bronchopneumonia or lobar pneumonia, and during the month of October, there were also no deaths from bronchopneumonia; but there were six deaths

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