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October 16, 1967

Carthage Must Be Destroyed

Author Affiliations

Hayward, Calif

JAMA. 1967;202(3):244. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130160118034

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To the Editor:—  In their article, "Status Asthmaticus In Children" (201:75, 1967), Richards et al state that 1% to 2% of children with asthma eventually die of the disease. On the basis of their estimate of incidence of 4% to 10% of the general population said to have suffered at sometime from asthma, this would mean 8,000 deaths from asthma a year, or more.In contrast Snapper and Kohn (Bedside Medicine, ed 2, New York: Grune & Stratton, Inc., 1967, p 296) state:Between 1886 and 1906, only 7 autopsy cases of status asthmaticus were published. Evidently hardly ever did anybody die of an asthmatic attack; the consultants with the most extensive practices wrote that they knew of