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April 13, 1918

THE PNEUMONIAS: STREPTOCOCCUS AND PNEUMOCOCCUS GROUPS

Author Affiliations

(Ann Arbor, Mich.) Major, M. R. C., U. S. Army; (Boston) First Lieutenant, M. R. C., U. S. Army; Colonel, M. C., U. S. Army; Department Surgeon FORT SAM HOUSTON, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

JAMA. 1918;70(15):1066-1070. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.26010150004007a
Abstract

A conference of medical officers from Fort Sam Houston and Camp Travis was held, Jan. 3, 1918, for the purpose of considering the pneumonia situation. Various points in the determination of the causative organism in pneumonia following measles were considered, methods of procedure were suggested, and the laboratory force was organized to take up the work. A preliminary report1 was sent to the Surgeon-General of the U. S. Army, Feb. 7, 1918. We present a part of the original report, together with additional cases and comments.

METHODS OF PROCEDURE, AND POINTS TO BE CONSIDERED 

  1. The presence or absence of type pneumococci and hemolytic streptococci in all cases of measles should be determined by the taking of throat swabs of all patients immediately on their entering the hospital.

  2. Carriers of either organism should be segregated and given special care—especially after-care.

  3. Cultures for hemolytic streptococci should be made of all patients,

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