O. H. ROBERTSON, M.D.
Despite the many recent advances made in the recognition and detection of the etiological agents causing acute pneumonia, the problem of the origin of this disease is still unsolved. Evidence both clinical and experimental points to the air passages as the route of infection, but the question as to how the pathogenic microörganisms gain access to the bronchial tree and what conditions are necessary to cause pulmonary infection, remain largely unanswered. It is probably a significant fact that the bacteria causing pneumonia (chiefly pneumococci, streptococci, staphylococci) are normal inhabitants of the upper respiratory tract at one time or another. Although
ROBERTSON OH. NEWER KNOWLEDGE CONCERNING THE INCEPTION OF PNEUMONIA AND ITS BEARING ON PREVENTION1. Ann Intern Med. 1943;18:1–14. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-18-1-1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1943;18(1):1-14.
Infectious Disease, Pneumonia, Pulmonary/Critical Care.
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