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December 9, 1893

SOME PHASES OF BRONCHO-PNEUMONIA IN CHILDREN.Read in the Section on Diseases of Children, at the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association.

JAMA. 1893;XXI(24):874-875. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420760004001b

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In France, England and the United States of America, broncho-pneumonia is usually reported in mortality tables as catarrhal pneumonia, capillary bronchitis or congestion of the lungs, and in a study of statistics this should be borne in mind and these terms included under the designation, broncho-pneumonia, at least until greater harmony in terminology prevails. It may sometimes be mistaken for acute bronchitis or pneumonia. That these mistakes are made is evidence of two things: 1, a possible carelessness in diagnosis; and 2, some confusion as to the precise pathologic condition termed broncho-pneumonia. It is certainly confusing to read some of the definitions given of this disease. If one is to understand the obstruction of a small bronchial tube and the resulting inflammation about it to be the special condition in broncho-pneumonia, then the autopsy would usually have to determine the diagnosis. If an inflammation of the connective tissue of the

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