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In reporting the results of my method of treating pneumonia I wish to thank my many colleagues for the interest they have manifested in criticizing my article that appeared in The Journal, July 9, 1904, and to Drs. W. P. Haney, T. F. Butzow and T. R. McNab, my assistants. I am especially indebted for their untiring efforts to prove or to disprove the value of quinin and iron as I recommended them in pneumonia.
I believe pneumonia to be a septic, febrile disease, characterized, according to our present knowledge, primarily, by a severe lung inflammation and frequently by great cardiac weakness, which often causes death.
The present knowledge of the etiology (excepting exposure to wet, cold and alcohol) and pathology is somewhat limited, and I question the propriety of basing our management on the principles of theory alone. I am inclined to believe that an invasion of a combination
GALBRAITH WJ. FIFTY CONSECUTIVE CASES OF PNEUMONIA WITHOUT A DEATH.. JAMA. 1905;XLIV(4):291–293. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.92500310035001i