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December 2, 1911


JAMA. 1911;LVII(23):1827-1829. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260120017006

The treatment of pneumonia is still so empiric that any observations which may tend to assist in the treatment of this disease are worth reporting. A few observations on the blood-pressure in some forty-eight cases ofpneumonia in adults are, for this reason, offered for consideration. The reports on the blood-pressure in pneumonia varya so greatly that there must have been heretofore great divergence in instruments used or an insufficient number of observations to enable any one to gather together into a connected whole the observations that a have been made. Some observers class pneumonia as a disease with normal pressure, others as one of hypertension,and still others as one with abnormally low pressure. Giglioli reports some fifty cases measured with the Riva-Rocci instrument, and states that in favorable cases the changes in pressure were slight. In severe eases Ihe fall at. the height of the disease on the fourth or

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