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June 1939

The Pneumonias.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1939;63(6):1236. doi:10.1001/archinte.1939.00180230221018

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Dr. Reimann has made a substantial contribution by clearly and forcibly expressing the modern points of view on the pneumonias. He constantly emphasizes the etiologic classification of the acute pulmonary infections and their specific treatments. He correctly insists that every effort must be taken to ascertain the causative organism in each case at the earliest moment. Thus pneumonia becomes an acute medical emergency requiring the facilities of a modern hospital, a good laboratory and often a clinical specialist. In a discussion of treatment, the nature of the subject requires a rather dogmatic presentation, but most views expressed here are orthodox. Some readers will wish for a more detailed discussion of oxygen therapy. With regard to the use of sulfanilamide in pneumococcic pneumonia, the author reserves judgment. He effectively disposes of many outmoded types of treatment. There is a valuable and well illustrated chapter on roentgenography. In this book the atypical,

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