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March 24, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(12):887-888. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510390045012

It is possible that in emphasizing a certain point in the editorial under the above title in last week's issue we may have been misunderstood, for we came very near to actual overstatement. We said: "In private practice it is no uncommon thing for a busy physician to treat 40 to 50 consecutive cases of pneumonia by the so-called expectant or symptomatic plan, and to have no deaths." It would have been better if we had said that "it may occasionally happen that a physician with a large practice," etc. Undoubtedly, in private practice, and more rarely in hospitals, a considerable series of favorable cases may be met with, especially in the young, and in these cases an unusually favorable outcome may result. We would not imply that the mortality from pneumonia is low, for we have repeatedly shown that the total mortality from this disease is pretty nearly as