This disease syndrome has occurred so frequently during the past few years that its clinical manifestations are generally known and usually recognized, at least in outspoken cases. Not only has it been frequent in the civilian population, but in the armed forces it has been a major problem, from the standpoint of loss of man power apparently more serious than the bacterial pneumonias.
Knowledge as to the etiology of the disease has not kept pace. Failure to demonstrate any bacterial agent led many investigators to suspect that a virus was concerned, and a number of attempts to isolate a virus
PRIMARY ATYPICAL PNEUMONIA. Ann Intern Med. ;24:727–730. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-24-4-727
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1946;24(4):727-730.
Infectious Disease, Pneumonia, Pulmonary/Critical Care.
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