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July 25, 1903


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JAMA. 1903;XLI(4):247-251. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.04480010033009

The compound term "traumatic pneumonia" implies association of injury with disease. Its ample interpretation concerns alike surgical and medical science. The Greek word "trauma" is very near to that of the English word "injury," both as to use and significance. Pneumonia is a medical appellation given a disease involving the presence of specific germs, and various changes in the air vesicles, parenchyma and associated structures of the lungs. "Pneumonitis" and "inflammation of the lungs," formerly used to designate this malady, have given place to the more liberal term "pneumonia." The use of the latter designation does not commit us to any theory as yet in dispute, and is in harmony with empiric evidences, as well as bacteriologic demonstrations of the present. Under whatsoever garb or name, and whether recorded in the chaos of lapsed eons or mingling with the dust and tumult of twentieth century activity, pneumonia has been and

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