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October 28, 1899


Author Affiliations

Professor of Materia Medica and Therapeutics, Tuft's College Medical School. BOSTON.

JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(18):1073-1074. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.92450700017001e

In asking your atttention to the "Therapeutics of Pneumonia," I am aware that I am traveling over a well-worn way: the mass of literature on the subject is simply appalling. But I have the temerity to ask your attention to the subject again, for I believe that the mortality of the disease is so great under ordinary treatment that the burden is on us continually to review our treatment until the statistics of the disease show some reason for our connection with it. I do not propose to weary you with a discussion of the various pathologic conditions that are somewhat loosely described by the general term pneumonia, but wish to be understood as discussing the acute lobar variety. The etiology of the disease is fairly well established. A pathogenic germ described by Fraenkel is said to be present in over 90 per cent. of all cases, although the same