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November 16, 1918

TREATMENT OF INFLUENZA

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Bloomington, Ill.

JAMA. 1918;71(20):1683. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600460063025

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —Having passed through a severe epidemic of influenza here we are sure that there have been some important things left unsaid concerning the nature and treatment of this disease.... The patient should breathe pure warm air, instead of cold air, which is the popular teaching at this time. With the patient extremely prostrated and perspiring and a further complication with bronchitis, it is certainly a contraindication to apply in the sick room the open air treatment. With the given pathologic condition, the cold air treatment will certainly prove a failure. The patient should breathe cold air in the febrile stage, but should avoid it by all means when that stage passes. The prostration requires rest in bed, and judicious medical stimulation and attention to dietetics.

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