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October 16, 1886

PNEUMONIA IN THE OLD.1

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NATIONAL MILITARY HOME, OHIO.

JAMA. 1886;VII(16):425-427. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250100061002
Abstract

It was formerly taught that the very robust were peculiarly liable to lobar pneumonia. It is now generally conceded that a strong and healthy constitution protects against the disease. Manyrecent writers have called attention to the liability of persons suf fering from cachectic, carcinomatous, diabetic and other chronic exhaustive diseases, as well as those suffering from severe acute diseases, to be attacked with pneumonia. Diett, in his statistics of 750 cases of pneumonia, found only 18 per cent. to have occurred in previously healthy persons. Alcoholism, climate, chilling of the body, and other causes, have entered prominently into the discussion of the etiology of the disease, and some writers have referred to the debility of age as an exciting cause. Day, in his "Diseases of Old Age," published in 1849, gives a

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