MARK L. ENTMAN, M.D.
To the Editor: In the article, "Characteristics of Pneumonias Caused by Bacillus Proteus" (Ann. Intern. Med. 68: 287, 1968), the authors compare the roentgenographic picture of proteus and klebsiella pneumonias. A statement is made that ipsilateral tracheal deviation and atelectasis are common features of these two entities. The referred article by Drs. Ritvo and Martin (1) states that edematous expansion of the infected lobe with dense consolidation and contralateral mediastinal shift is the rule in acute klebsiella pneumonia. I would be interested to know if the authors' experience has been different in the age of broad-spectrum antibiotics.
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ENTMAN ML. BACILLUS PROTEUS PNEUMONIAS. Ann Intern Med. 1968;68:1137–1138. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-68-5-1137_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1968;68(5):1137-1138.
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