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August 24, 1918


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From the Hospital of the Rockefeller Institute.

JAMA. 1918;71(8):635-638. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600340027007

Last autumn little attention was given to pneumonia as a probable menace to our newly formed army. The reports of only moderate or slight incidence of pneumonia among the French and English armies gave a feeling of security concerning this disease. We were not without warnings, however, for even in times of peace pneumonia had been the most fatal of the acute infections among soldiers, as it is among the civilian population. The experience of the troops along the Mexican border during the preceding year had also given some indication of the danger of this disease. With the onset of colder weather, in October, the prevalence of pneumonia among the troops became serious. During November and December it became alarming, and in certain camps it reached epidemic proportions. Its prevalence among the soldiers has not yet entirely ceased, even with the coming of warm weather. Previous experience, however, indicates that

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