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February 4, 1905

Pneumonia and Pneumococcus Infections.

JAMA. 1905;XLIV(5):407-408. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500320071020

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This monograph of 211 pages is timely. When pneumonia is destroying annually, in some parts of our country, more lives than tuberculosis, when new facts concerning its diagnosis and pathogenesis are being brought to light, and when confusing, conflicting, muddled and extravagant views are held as to treatment, it is well to have a résumé of the facts brought to our attention. This has been done by Preble. If one looks here for the latest views concerning the bacteriology of the pneumococcus, for the finer histologic details of the diseased lung or for the latest theoretic and experimental work on pneumonia along the line of Ehrlich's side-chain theory, he will be disappointed. And we take it the omission is made because the book is intended for the general practitioner and not for the expert, for the research man nor for the original investigator. Preble emphasizes the value of early blood

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