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March 3, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(9):564. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460090050008

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Pneumonia is one of the most serious diseases with which the physician has to deal, and although its etiology has been established on a substantial basis, and its morbid anatomy and symptomatology are well understood, we are still without a well-defined and generally accepted plan of treatment. This is all the more to be regretted, as the mortality is at times discouragingly high. As the disease is an acute infectious process, with especial localization in the lungs, though attended with constitutional intoxication, and we are as yet without specific remedies, the treatment must be essentially symptomatic, and indications should be met as they arise. It is probably within the bounds of safety to state that the management of the patient is the most important therapeutic measure, including a properly temperatured and well-ventilated room, a comfortable bed, and attentive and intelligent nursing and feeding. Water for drinking purposes should be supplied

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