Charles Grossman, MD
To the Editors: Some old data seem to have been overlooked in the literature. In their article, Farr and colleagues (1) discussed pneumonia mortality, quoting the usual rates of 6% to 24%.
In 1946, we reported a mortality rate of 2.6% among 543 cases of acute pneumonia, all of which were presumed to be pneumococcal, with positive roentgenographic findings (2). This finding was of the same order of magnitude as the 1.5% reported by Collen and colleagues (3). The U.S. Army reported case fatality rates of 1.8% among officers and of 0.6% among enlisted men (4). Now many cases are
Grossman C. Mortality Rate of Community-acquired Pneumonia: 1944 and Today. Ann Intern Med. ;116:427–428. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-116-5-427_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(5):427-428.
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