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October 19, 1918

IMPORTANCE OF BLOOD CULTURES IN PNEUMONIA

Author Affiliations

(Cleveland) Captain, M. C., U. S. Army CAMP BEAUREGARD, ALEXANDRIA, LA.

JAMA. 1918;71(16):1299-1301. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.26020420001013
Abstract

That many cases of pneumonia have an associated septicemia has long been known. The relation between the degree of septicemia and the severity of the disease has also been studied and appreciated. In fact, the statement has been made that "in the more severe cases a true septicemia is usually present, and this always occurs in the cases ending fatally." I have had no opportunity to make any review of the literature on this subject. I desire merely to give a brief report on the experience at this base hospital in order that the results may be compared with those obtained at the other camps and to urge the advisability and importance of taking blood cultures as a routine in all cases of pneumonia among the soldiers. The information thus gained is of great value in prognosis and serves as a helpful guide to the specific therapy in the Type

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