The control of the morbidity and mortality of pneumonia in the United States is admittedly a major public health problem. Scientific medicine has been unable to clear up satisfactorily many laboratory, climatic, personal, infectious and environmental problems in its study of this disease. Preventive medicine has made no previous attempt at control of the disease, so that a paper advocating quarantine for pneumonia must necessarily consider the opinions of physicians in all aspects of the problem that have not been scientifically established.
Since pneumonia may be caused by any one or combination of a number of pathogenic organisms, which grow, multiply and set up an inflammatory reaction in lung tissue, it should be considered as a closely related group of acute, constitutional diseases, all having in common, as a local manifestation, an acute, inflammatory process in the lungs.
Pneumonia is one of the oldest diseases of which we have authentic
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