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October 31, 1885

PNEUMONIA; ITS FATALITY—EXAGGERATED STATEMENTS.

JAMA. 1885;V(18):489-490. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391170013005

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Abstract

In the issue of the Journal for October 10, 1885, was an article entitled " Thoughts on Some Points Connected with Pneumonia," in the introductory part of which there were some statements that attracted our attention. For instance, on page 393 the writer says: " Our predecessors for many long years viewed pneumonia as simply inflammation of lung tissue, and the spoliative treatment adopted by them was in keeping with those views..... If pneumonia be simply inflammation of lung tissue, and, vice versa, inflammation of the lung be pneumonia, certainly it should be treated antiphlogistically, just as it was treated fifty years ago; by blood-letting, purging, and a general depressant course. But the frightful mortality attending this treatment is a fearful commentary upon it..... The fatality attending this antiphlogistic treatment was simply appalling..... And so it continued until J. Hughes Bennet called a halt, and adopted a

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