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April 13, 1912

Treatment of Pneumonia

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Altus, Okla.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(15):1135. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260040151023

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To the Editor:  —I have just read, under Therapeutics, the treatise on pneumonia in The Journal for March 30. I would not detract an iota from that most excellent article. It is all good. I wish only to add an observation from personal experience as follows:In this great southwest there was a time when the average family lived and multiplied and got sick and died in that primitive habitation called a dugout. It was the best that could be done at that time. The country was new and building material was expensive. In those days physicians learned a great deal about practical therapeutics, the like of which is seldom found in books. Among other things they found that pneumonia patients died in the dugout, not every time, but entirely too often. They found that a cyanosed patient would rapidly regain his normal color if taken out of the dugout

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