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June 13, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XL(24):1655-1656. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490240035010

The application to the study of pneumonia of modern methods of blood cultures is yielding interesting and important results. The most recent and also the most extensive work in this field is that of Rosenow,1 who reports finding the pneumococcus in the cultures of the blood of pneumonics during life in 77 of 83 cases. In the 6 cases in which the cultures remained sterile there were good reasons to expect this outcome, because the cultures were made after the temperature had returned to normal; and the conclusion seems to be warranted that when the proper technical methods are used the pneumococcus may be recovered from the blood in all cases of typical pneumonia. This being the case, pneumococcemia in pneumonia can not be regarded as having an unfavorable prognostic significance, as concluded by earlier investigators, who obtained positive results in a much smaller percentage of cases. In ob

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