We are grateful to van der Steen and colleagues for their observations on the important topic of pneumonia treatment in the elderly. As a contribution to the discussion, we would like to summarize the data obtained in our setting and to propose some comments on this matter.
In Osler's time, pneumonia was really the old man's friend, since no drug treatments were available. Today we practice medicine in a completely different scenario.
Rozzini R, Sabatini T, Trabucchi M. Do Findings of High Mortality From Pneumonia in the Elderly Make It the Old Man's Friend?—Reply. Arch Intern Med. 2004;164(2):225. doi:10.1001/archinte.164.2.225-b
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