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January 1937

Die "atypische" Pneumonie.

Am J Dis Child. 1937;53(1_PART_I):264-265. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1937.04140070275018

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The author's first sentence is one of his best: "The search for new knowledge often takes a different direction from that originally planned and often leads to answers to other questions than those originally investigated." His studies were concerned with patients in the early stages of tuberculosis, and in them over seventy cases of atypical pneumonia were discovered, in most of which the condition had been thought to be tuberculosis. The study dealt with persons of all ages, but a considerable number of children and adolescents were included. In an exhaustive summary of the literature (over one hundred and fifty titles) the development of knowledge concerning atypical pneumonia is traced. Many of the authors cited pointed out the same facts as those observed by the author, which are discussed under three main heads, as follows:

  1. Atypical pneumonia is not only extraordinarily multiform but is also relatively common. Therefore, the term

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