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February 14, 1903

A Criticism of Pneumonia Mortality Statistics.

JAMA. 1903;XL(7):459. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490070045010

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Denver, Jan. 28, 1903.

To the Editor:  —Your editorial of January 24, on Dr. Reynolds' announcement of the increased mortality from pneumonia (Bulletin of Chicago's Health Department, January 17), being under discussion, permit me to add a word. I would not seem to detract from the just conclusion that we are evolving a better resistance to and curative management of tuberculosis, as shown by the lessening mortality from consumption during the past forty years. However, it is but right we should recognize any coincident facts in the history of these two diseases, consumption and pneumonia, which might explain the remarkable changes in their reported mortality results.You mention influenza infection as a contributing cause of this increased pneumonia mortality, and we all know that it not only enters into the etiology, but also gravely influences the prognosis of pneumonia. In this discussion it is unfortunate, yet perhaps not to be

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