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September 1935

FAMILIAL STUDIES ON LOBAR PNEUMONIA: EPIDEMIOLOGIC STUDIES ON FAMILIES OF CHILDREN WITH PNEUMOCOCCIC LOBAR PNEUMONIA

Author Affiliations

NEW HAVEN, CONN.
From the Department of Pediatrics, Yale University School of Medicine, and the Pediatric Service of the New Haven Hospital and Dispensary.

Am J Dis Child. 1935;50(3):626-635. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1935.01970090056005
Abstract

The family group in pediatric practice has a cohesiveness which invites epidemiologic study. Lobar pneumonia would seem to be susceptible to profitable investigation by this method. Indeed, Shultz1 has already reported her findings in the families of twenty-one children with this disease. Her results were much the same as those of Stillman,2 Jacobson,3 Rosenau, Felton and Atwater,4 Smillie and Caldwell,5 Smillie6 and Smillie and Leeder,7 who used this method but were not particularly concerned with observations on children.

The material for the present communication is similar to that of Shultz. We had fourteen families, about half as many as Shultz, but since we studied each member of every household the total number of subjects in the two series is about the same. In taking the histories we paid close attention to all symptoms, even to those of a minor nature, because in many

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