An emergency hospital was established to care for the employees of an industrial plant during the recent influenza epidemic, and in all, 285 cases were cared for in the unit.1 Unfortunately, the majority of the patients were of the lower type, with environments of poor home and personal hygiene, physically derelict. Many had no care, and suffered even neglect, before admittance. We were thus confronted with a great number of neglected, seriously ill, not a few of whom were moribund. It was a most discouraging circumstance to stand by and observe a death rate of more than 42.9 per cent. in the so-called pneumonias with the various treatments used. We were stimulated to attempt the practical application of theory, and are gratified over a result far beyond our fondest expectations.
While much has been done on the etiology, especially from a bacteriologic standpoint, even to the extent of producing
ROSS CW, HUND EJ. TREATMENT OF THE PNEUMONIC DISTURBANCE COMPLICATING INFLUENZATHE TRANSFUSION OF CITRATED IMMUNE BLOOD. JAMA. 1919;72(9):640–645. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610090024007