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H. Kühn, newly appointed head of the Pathologic Institute in Plauen/ Vogtland, prepared a comprehensive monograph on pneumonias that serves as a timely sequel to Heffron's tome of 1938 and Hegglin's of 1942. It contains a valuable summary of the field and a reference source of about 1,800 citations, many of German, French, and Italian origin. Epidemiology, etiology, pathogenesis, complications, pathology, and laboratory and roentgenologic aspects are well covered. Therapy deals only with antimicrobics. All known pneumonias of infectious, allergic, chemical, and mechanical origin in infants and adults are included. Changes in microbial causes incident to modern therapy, and nosocomial and iatrogenic infections resulting from 30 years of antimicrobial usage are portrayed. He emphasizes the importance of establishing an etiologic diagnosis before applying specific therapy, and places "atypical" pneumonias in their proper perspective. Many of the photomicrographs do not conform to the usual German standard of excellence. The table of
Reimann HA. Lungenentzündungen und ihr Wandel unter der Chemotherapie. JAMA. 1974;228(3):400. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230280100048
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