During the past two years medical men have been confronted with the appalling spectacle of a most virulent epidemic that spread with terrifying rapidity over two hemispheres. The causative organism responsible for the influenza outbreak has not yet been definitely determined; but the high mortality was unquestionably due to the development of acute toxic pneumonias in a large proportion of the cases.To the pediatrician, it seemed quite evident, early in the epidemic, that although infants and children were readily susceptible to the infection, the number that succumbed was comparatively small. Wollstein and Goldbloom,1 however, in reporting a series of pneumonia cases in infants at the Babies' Hospital in New York City during a period of six weeks in the Fall of 1918, found a mortality of 57.7 per cent. (thirty out of fifty-two cases).
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The following is an analysis of 336 cases of pneumonia