WILLIAM E. SCHECKLER, M.D.
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To the editor: Winterbauer, Bedon, and Ball, in an article titled "Recurrent Pneumonia" (Ann Intern Med 70:689-705, 1969), proposed "to analyze predisposing causes and patterns of infection in a large group of patients with recurrent pneumonia." However, they list illnesses that occurred in patients with recurrent pneumonia only. Unfortunately, the failure to compare their patients with a reasonable control group should have prevented the authors from concluding that the associated illnesses they describe are related to recurrent pneumonias; these associated illnesses might be characteristic of pneumonias in general, or may simply represent the common illnesses of the patient population seen
WILLIAM E. SCHECKLER. Recurrent Pneumonia. Ann Intern Med. 1970;72:599. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-72-4-599
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;72(4):599.
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