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July 16, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XIX(3):85-86. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420030027006

Five years ago Sevestre, from clinical observation alone, became convinced that broncho-pneumonia in infancy was occasionally of intestinal origin, and concluded one of his papers in the following language:

  1. In children one or two years of age (and probably also of other ages), subjected to a vicious alimentation, there may occur a decomposition of the intestinal contents, resulting in a fetid diarrhoea and an infectious enteritis.

  2. General infection may follow, and particularly pulmonary congestion and broncho-pneumonia.

  3. Intestinal disinfectants. especially calomel and naphthaline, are the best means of relieving the diarrhœa,and of preventing pulmonary manifestations.

The work of his pupil, Lesage, we reviewed a few weeks ago. More recently, two others of his pupils, Gaston and Renard1 have contributed the results of their work in the same field.

The chief characteristic of the trouble is the occurrence of the pulmonary disorder as a complication in the course of an existing

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