ALVAN L. BARACH, M.D., F.A.C.P.
The use of chemotherapy has made even more important an etiological classification in the diagnosis and treatment of pneumonia. Most cases of lobar pneumonia are due to organisms whose growth is stopped by sulfathiazole or sulfadiazine; in many instances similar organisms are the cause of bronchopneumonia. However, bronchopneumonia also occurs as a primary disease, the cause of which is obscure.1, 2 The hypothesis considered most likely in a group of cases observed at the Presbyterian Hospital in the years 1938 and 1939 was that of virus etiology.3 As Kneeland pointed out in 52 carefully analyzed cases, chemotherapy had no effect
BARACH AL. PHYSIOLOGICALLY DIRECTED THERAPY IN PNEUMONIA1. Ann Intern Med. ;17:812–819. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-17-5-812
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1942;17(5):812-819.
Infectious Disease, Pneumonia, Pulmonary/Critical Care.
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