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August 6, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(6):408. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500060044010

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Evidence that pneumonia is coming to be appreciated as one of the most serious scourges of humanity is afforded by the recent proposition of the New York health department to appoint a commission, including some of the best known internists of the country, to investigate the causes of this increased mortality. Since The Journal first called attention to the facts, some four years ago, the data then available have been vastly enlarged by more recent statistics and their deductions amply confirmed. After the question of the prevention of tuberculosis, and perhaps not yielding to that in importance, there is hardly any more important problem than this before the profession. How much of the increase of pneumonia mortality of late years is due to the grip infection, which still lingers with us, is worthy of serious study. Statistics, however, indicate that increase can not be altogether attributed to this cause. The

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