In writing of the symptomatic treatment of pneumonia in The Journal in 1921, Means and Barach 1 stated that "the hope for a true curative treatment for... pneumonia undoubtedly lies in the field of specific therapy.... it is our object while waiting for the... specific cure to consider... symptomatic treatment... in terms of morbid physiology."
The cases here reported are of significance not merely as cures of severe infections by the most recent and perhaps most powerful of specific antibacterial agents.2 They are presented as instances wherein supportive therapy has appeared as important as the antibacterial in recovery from a clinical status which, although hitherto rarely seen in pneumonia, may occur with increasing frequency as specific agents permit prolonged survival in the face of infections otherwise rapidly fatal. Thus it remains relevant in the management of those pneumonias for which specific therapy is available
ARMSTRONG SH, ENGLAND AC, FAVOUR CB, SCHEINBERG IH. ANEMIA AND HYPOPROTEINEMIA COMPLICATING SEVERE PROTRACTED PNEUMONIA: TREATMENT WITH PENICILLIN— ROLE OF SPECIFIC SUPPORTIVE THERAPY IN RECOVERY. JAMA. 1945;127(6):303–306. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860060001001
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