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January 1930

THE TREATMENT OF PNEUMONIA BY INHALATION OF CARBON DIOXIDE: I. THE RELIEF OF ATELECTASIS

Author Affiliations

NEW HAVEN, CONN.; NEW YORK; With the Collaboration of Ellen M. Radloff, B.S. CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

From the Laboratory of Applied Physiology, Sheffield Scientific School, Yale University, and the Department of Surgical Research, Cornell University Medical School.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1930;45(1):72-91. doi:10.1001/archinte.1930.00140070079006
Abstract

The problem of pneumonia is peculiar. The pathogenic organisms involved are as well known as those of typhoid or of diphtheria. Yet the mortality from such diseases as typhoid and diphtheria has been reduced far toward the vanishing point, while the mortality from pneumonia per hundred thousand of the population is almost the same as it was fifty years ago.

This lack of progress in the prevention and cure of pneumonia is the more noteworthy in view of the fact that the problem has been attacked as actively as that of other diseases by many able investigators using the methods of bacteriology, serology and preventive medicine. Thus the idea suggests itself that pneumonia may involve some factor that is not concerned in the other diseases and is not to be overcome by the methods effective against them. The factor peculiar to pneumonia may require treatment along a special line.

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