JOHN H. DINGLE; ROBERT F. WILLIAMS; JOHN P. CRAIG
Primary atypical pneumonia, or, as it is frequently termed, "virus pneumonia," has now become well-defined and established as a clinical syndrome. While it is probably not a new disease entity, it came into particular prominence in 19381, 2, 3 following the introduction of sulfapyridine. This drug proved to be effective in the treatment of the true bacterial pneumonias, but not of other kinds of pneumonia, variously termed atypical bronchopneumonia, acute pneumonitis, atypical pneumonia, virus pneumonia, etc. The subsequent sulfonamide derivatives, and, more recently, penicillin, served further to differentiate the bacterial pneumonias from the syndrome now termed "primary atypical pneumonia," since
DINGLE JH, WILLIAMS RF, CRAIG JP. THE DIAGNOSIS AND MANAGEMENT OF ATYPICAL OR VIRUS PNEUMONIA1. Ann Intern Med. ;30:1134–1142. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-30-6-1134
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1949;30(6):1134-1142.
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