The problems presented to the medical personnel supervising the care and treatment of the selected seriously ill civilian employees of the Mare Island Navy Yard were many. These cases represent a small percentage of the total illness of the community, since many of those not seriously attacked went to their homes and did not report to the emergency hospital; and our allotment was principally composed of neglected patients who did not do well with home treatment together with a small proportion of men who had no home or who were taken so suddenly and severely ill that they were unable to get home. The general status of the large majority of patients, with a resultant failure of accepted care and treatment, was most discouraging. The average patient was of the lower type as regards mentality, morality and personal hygiene, and in the main was physically deficient. A large proportion of
ROSS CW, HUND EJ. TRANSFUSION IN THE DESPERATE PNEUMONIAS COMPLICATING INFLUENZA: PRELIMINARY REPORT ON THE SUCCESSFUL USE OF TOTAL IMMUNE CITRATED BLOOD. JAMA. 1918;71(24):1992–1993. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.1918.26020500018006e
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