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To the Editor:—
Regarding the article "Sulfadiazine in the Treatment of 200 Cases of Acute Catàrrhal Nasopharyngitis" by Capt. F. B. Faust and Capt. J. H. Simmons in The Journal, June 24, page 552, "hospital days" as a determining factor in the response of a disease to a therapeutic agent is an extremely loose one, especially in a station hospital in the Army.Many patients who would normally be considered cured and discharged are often maintained as patients because of technical or administrative reasons. As a result, statistics solely based on hospital days in an army installation may not be entirely accurate.Furthermore, it is doubtful that the degree of morbidity of nasopharyngitis can be based solely on the extent of temperature elevations. Many nasopharyngitis patients have acute symptoms and appear severely ill in the presence of normal temperatures or slight elevations above normal.Even assuming for the sake of
Atlas DH, Hott LR. SULFADIAZINE IN NASOPHARYNGITIS. JAMA. 1944;125(17):1208–1209. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850350046024