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June 12, 1948

De Primaire Atypische Pneumonieen Van Onbekende Oorsprong

JAMA. 1948;137(7):665. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890410087023

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This is an excellent monograph composed essentially of a review of the literature on the pneumonias of supposed virus origin, illustrated by appropriate case reports selected from the records of 130 patients studied in a hospital. The patients were chiefly workers in the petroleum industry in Curacao, Netherlands West Indies, and the occurrence of the disease in several hundred persons there after 1943 appeared to be part of the worldwide pandemic of the infection at that time. The subject is dealt with under the usual headings of clinical aspects, complications, roentgenology, clinical pathology, etiology, diagnosis, prognosis and therapy. No controversial points are raised, since the author comfirms almost all the previously reported observations. The bibliography contains one hundred and eighty-two references, and credit is carefully given where credit is due.

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