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July 1920

RESULTS OF ANTEMORTEM LUNG PUNCTURES IN LOBAR PNEUMONIATHEIR BEARING ON THE MECHANISM OF CRISIS

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BOSTON

From the Pneumonia Service and Pathological Laboratory, Boston City Hospital, Boston.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1920;26(1):125-132. doi:10.1001/archinte.1920.00100010128010
Abstract

Typing of pneumococci in the sputum of patients suffering from lobar pneumonia was begun in this laboratory in March, 1919. In order to corroborate the results, lung punctures were performed at the same time and the organisms thus obtained were checked up with those in the sputum. As time went on, aside from this corroborative value, the results of the lung punctures appeared to us to have an interest from quite a different point of view, namely, as throwing some light on the nature of the mechanism of crisis. It is from this point of view that we are presenting our results. In so doing, we fully realize that the work itself is not original; nevertheless, it seems to be of some value both as confirming the results of our predecessors and as a stimulus possibly to others to attempt similar work. There seems to be some necessity for this,

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