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January 14, 1939


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Glenville, W. Va.

JAMA. 1939;112(2):168. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800020074022

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To the Editor:—  I read with much interest the article by Drs. Russell L. Cecil and E. A. Lawrence, "Pneumonia in Private Practice," in The Journal November 19. However, I am not able to corroborate the conclusions of the authors.I have been engaged in the general practice of medicine in rural West Virginia since 1912. In that time I have treated approximately 100 cases of lobar pneumonia, with one death. I have treated approximately 150 cases of other types of pneumonia, with five deaths. These are not selected cases but run of the mine cases of general practice in rural West Virginia for the period indicated and include all the cases I have been privileged to treat. I have not sent any pneumonia patients to any hospital. One was taken to a hospital contrary to my advice and died there.About one half of these cases occurred in the

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