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October 7, 1939

GENERAL THERAPY OF PNEUMONIA: CLINICAL LECTURE AT ST. LOUIS SESSION

JAMA. 1939;113(15):1411-1413. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.72800400012008c
Abstract

Three spectacular therapeutic procedures in pneumonia, namely oxygen, serum and chemotherapy, especially in judicious combination, bid fair to rob pneumonia of much of its terror. Certainly the death rate from pneumonia will be strictly reduced. At this moment no man can say how much that reduction, albeit certainly great, will be; and no man can say whether the immediate or remote future will bring further developments of these therapeutic agents or new agents.

At this date, May 1939, it is certainly premature to discard all other therapeutic devices and measures in pneumonia, and in all likelihood it will always be foolhardy to treat the disease pneumonia or any one of its symptoms exclusively and to ignore the patient. In truth the patient is the container of the disease. He then becomes the battleground of what formerly nearly always was and even now often is a titanic struggle. As the opposing

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