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May 10, 1919


JAMA. 1919;72(19):1353-1354. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610190015006

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During the recent epidemic of respiratory infection at this cantonment, arrangements were made to examine by screen or plate all cases of so-called influenza that were admitted to the base hospital. These examinations were undertaken because of the detection of many cases of mild bronchopneumonia during the routine examination of the chests of the draftees, of whom about 23,000 have been fluoroscopically studied for the tuberculosis board of Camp Lewis. In this study, many cases of bronchopneumonia of one or both bases were discovered. Each case was examined carefully, and each patient stated that he had been suffering with a cold for several days. Verification of the diagnosis of bronchopneumonia was obtained clinically.

So much assistance was afforded the clinician, that after a few weeks at the suggestion of Capt. Charles A. Ballard, all patients except those distinctly pneumonic were admitted to the observation ward and roentgenographed before being distributed

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