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October 19, 1918

TREATMENT OF INFLUENZA PNEUMONIA BY THE USE OF CONVALESCENT HUMAN SERUMPRELIMINARY REPORT

Author Affiliations

Lieutenant-Commander, M. C., U. S. Navy; (Boston) Lieutenant, Junior Grade, M. C., U. S. Navy CHELSEA, MASS.

JAMA. 1918;71(16):1311-1312. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.26020420013013e
Abstract

We are all aware of the high degree of fatality resulting from the pneumonia following the influenza of the present epidemic. All of our deaths have been due to the pneumonia complication and none to the influenza as such. Here at the Naval Hospital, the percentage in the first groups reached as high as 50 or 60, and more recently the mortality has dropped to 30 per cent. No doubt this complication will continue to give a high mortality rate, especially when the disease invades new territory. For this reason, we have decided to publish our results in the treatment of a small group of cases, by the use of serum from patients convalescing from pneumonia, following an attack of influenza. It will be readily seen that a complete report at this time is out of the question, but we hope to present sufficient data to indicate the possibility in

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