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September 1938

Pneumonia and Serum Therapy.

Am J Dis Child. 1938;56(3):714-715. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1938.01980150234025

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In the present edition of this little book the authors have brought the text thoroughly up to date and have added much new material. Like the first edition, it is an authoritative, practical manual on the value and use of serum in cases of pneumonia. Theoretic aspects are outlined briefly. No clinician treating the disease can afford to be without a copy.

Stress is properly laid on the necessity of community or state programs for control of pneumonia in order to make serum available to all. The use of serum has been greatly hindered by the failure to appreciate this need. More extensive statistical data are included. These concern mortality rates, with and without serum therapy, for lobar pneumonia and bronchopneumonia, as well as the incidence of the different types. The use of antipneumococcus rabbit serum is also discussed at some length. The data regarding the use of serum in

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