There is a prevalent belief that the course of pneumonia is not very greatly influenced by treatment, yet there are few general practitioners who would be willing to admit that they could do nothing to shorten the attacks of this disease or to improve the chances for recovery of those affected by it. Nevertheless, the fact that the disease is self-limited, and that among large numbers treated in hospitals those who have received little or no treatment appear to have done about as well as those who have received much seems to justify the belief. However, I may say in the beginning, that I do not belong to the pessimistic class who believe that nothing can be done to improve the condition of these patients. In most diseases, but especially in those of a self-limited character, the tendency is to recovery, and if the patient's powers of resistance are sufficient
INGALS EF. THE PROGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF CROUPOUS PNEUMONIA: WITH AN ANALYSIS OF THE CASES TREATED IN COOK COUNTY HOSPITAL FOR FIFTEEN MONTHS PRECEDING APRIL 1, 1902. JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(21):1301–1308. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480470011002c
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