EDWARD H. KOTIN, M.D.
Observations from time to time suggest unusual susceptibility among members of families to certain infectious diseases. Although it is often difficult to separate hereditary influences from environmental ones, the high incidence of tuberculosis, leprosy, colds,1 pneumonia,2 poliomyelitis and especially of rheumatic fever among persons of certain genetic groups seems to depend upon a combination of inherited susceptibility, environment and exposure to common sources or to each other. The following observation of a close succession of attacks of viral pneumonia among females in direct line of descendence seems to portray such an occurrence.
The family group consisted of the grandparents, three
KOTIN EH. PROBABLE GENETIC PREDISPOSITION TO VIRAL PNEUMONIA1. Ann Intern Med. ;27:738–739. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-27-5-738
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1947;27(5):738-739.
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