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November 2, 1946

VIRAL INFECTIONS OF RESPIRATORY TRACTTheir Treatment and Prevention

Author Affiliations

Philadelphia

From the Jefferson Medical College and Hospital.

JAMA. 1946;132(9):487-493. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870440001001
Abstract

This discussion deals with acute, self-limiting, chiefly airborne diseases of known or presumed viral origin affecting predominantly the respiratory tract, ordinarily called colds, grip or influenza, and with certain newly delineated ones. There is hardly any need to recall the prevalence of the diseases in question or how little can be done for their prevention and cure. They account for most of the home visits (32 per cent) and provide the second most common reason (15 per cent) for office visits to general practitioners.1 The average person is said to suffer from one to four bouts each year, accounting for about two hundred and fifty million infections annually in the United States.2 Infections of the respiratory tract cause more loss of time from industry and from schools than all other diseases combined. They are rarely a direct cause of death, but they precede or incite many other serious

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