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August 19, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(8):435-438. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.92450600001001

Pneumonia is the greatest medical problem of the day. In temperate regions it is chargeable with more deaths than any other disease, with a single exception—only pulmonary tuberculosis leading it in the mortality bills. It is, moreover, one of the most dangerous of the acute diseases and has an appalling death-rate. It is not only a malady which is ubiquitous, frequent, severe and dangerous, but now, in these waning days of the 19th century, we must frankly confess that its prevalence, frequency, severity and dangers have not been one whit diminished by our immediate predecessors or ourselves.

In opening the discussion on this important question it will be clearly impossible for me to cover, however superficially, the entire subject, or even to deal exhaustively with any part of it. My endeavor, therefore, shall be to consider, suggestively if possible, a few of the numerous practical points which seem to

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