E. A. HILDRETH, M.D., F.A.C.P.
The discussion, in this issue, of pneumonia complicating varicella presents one of the largest series of these cases yet reported. Many clinicians have suspected that pneumonia is a common complication of varicella but since the findings in clinical examinations of the lungs have been few and minor, more accurate definition of the lung lesions by X-ray examination has rarely been sought. Substantiation of the pneumonia by careful roentgenologic study in a large series of patients has long been needed.
However, the most significant contribution of this report lies in the observation that although none of the patients received corticosteroids, all
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HILDRETH EA. Corticosteroids and Varicella Pneumonia; or Skepticism, the Chastity of the Intellect. Ann Intern Med. 1961;55:531–532. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-55-3-531
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1961;55(3):531-532.
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