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July 28, 1888

THE MECHANISM OF PNEUMONIA; AND ITS TREATMENT.Read in the Se[unk]tion of Practice of Medicine, at the Thirty-ninth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, May 8, 1888.

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JAMA. 1888;XI(4):109-118. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400560001001

The two objects of this paper are, first, an inquiry into the initial causes of pneumonia; and secondly, the treatment of the disease.

In order to demonstrate what may be termed the "Mechanism of Pneumonia" in a manner deemed necessary for the purpose of this paper, a few words concerning the anatomical arrangement of the parts must be said.

First, as to the definition of pneumonia itself. Since the crepitant râle was discovered, and its significance explained, it has been believed by auscultators that pathological changes may occur on one side only of the dividing membrane or partition of the lungs, whilst at the same time, upon the other side of this membrane, there may, at the beginning of the trouble, be but little or no disease. It is further believed, that by means of this râle, the diseases on the one side of this partition in the lungs can

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