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May 14, 1938


JAMA. 1938;110(20):1701-1702. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790200069039

SPECIAL REPORT OF PNEUMONIA ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO SURGEON GENERAL, U. S. PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE  Although a large amount of work has been done, particularlyin the past two decades, on pneumonia and problems related to it, the disease continues to rank high among the common causes of death in this country. From the standpoint of the health of the community, one of the greatest recent advances has been the introduction of generally available facilities for rapid typing and the provision of certain specific therapeutic pneumonia serums by a few states and cities.

STANDARDIZATION OF TYPING SERUMS AND CULTURE COLLECTION  The classification of pneumococci as types I, II and III and Group IV by Dochez and Gillespie years ago and the later subdivision of the latter group into at least twenty-eight1 additional specific types by Cooper and her co-workers has afforded important means of studying many of the problems presented by pneumonia.