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August 1938


Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1938;62(2):305-352. doi:10.1001/archinte.1938.00180130126009

During the past year much new information was gathered concerning influenza, streptococci, chemotherapy and a number of "new" and rare diseases. The program for the control of pneumonia has widened so that many states have organized commissions and committees for the study and control of pneumonia and a national committee has been appointed by the surgeon general. It is fortunate that concerted studies are now being made on some of the most common of all human ills, namely, infections of the respiratory tract. Whatever success attends the efforts in prevention or control of colds, catarrh and influenza will automatically reduce the incidence of pneumonia, for in most cases pneumonia is preceded by a mild infection of the respiratory tract.

INFLUENZA  A report of important studies on influenza by English investigators is embodied in a monograph published by the British Medical Research Council.1 The clinical description of influenza in patients