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Tuberculosis, The Captain; Pneumococcus a Lieutenant

Tuberculosis, The Captain; Pneumococcus a Lieutenant Abstract To the Editor.—— In his interesting essay on the etiology of pneumonia in the November 1990 issue of the Archives,1 Berk implies that the pneumococcus was referred to as "the Captain of the men of death" in Osler's time.It is a dubious distinction to wear this appellation, but John Bunyan was alluding to tuberculosis when he wrote in 1680: "The Captain of all these men of death that came against him to take him away was the Consumption, for it was that that took him down to the grave.''2The title, however, was well deserved. It is estimated that 15% to 20% of deaths in Europe in this era were caused by tuberculosis (Consumption). References 1. Berk, Steven L. From Micrococcus to Moraxella: the reemergence of Branhamella catarrhalis . Arch Intern Med. 1990;150:2254-2257.Crossref 2. Bunyan J. The Life and Death of Mr Badman. 1680. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Internal Medicine American Medical Association

Tuberculosis, The Captain; Pneumococcus a Lieutenant

Archives of Internal Medicine , Volume 151 (10) – Oct 1, 1991

Tuberculosis, The Captain; Pneumococcus a Lieutenant

Abstract

Abstract To the Editor.—— In his interesting essay on the etiology of pneumonia in the November 1990 issue of the Archives,1 Berk implies that the pneumococcus was referred to as "the Captain of the men of death" in Osler's time.It is a dubious distinction to wear this appellation, but John Bunyan was alluding to tuberculosis when he wrote in 1680: "The Captain of all these men of death that came against him to take him away was the Consumption, for it was that...
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American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1991 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0003-9926
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1538-3679
DOI
10.1001/archinte.1991.00400100150030
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Abstract

Abstract To the Editor.—— In his interesting essay on the etiology of pneumonia in the November 1990 issue of the Archives,1 Berk implies that the pneumococcus was referred to as "the Captain of the men of death" in Osler's time.It is a dubious distinction to wear this appellation, but John Bunyan was alluding to tuberculosis when he wrote in 1680: "The Captain of all these men of death that came against him to take him away was the Consumption, for it was that that took him down to the grave.''2The title, however, was well deserved. It is estimated that 15% to 20% of deaths in Europe in this era were caused by tuberculosis (Consumption). References 1. Berk, Steven L. From Micrococcus to Moraxella: the reemergence of Branhamella catarrhalis . Arch Intern Med. 1990;150:2254-2257.Crossref 2. Bunyan J. The Life and Death of Mr Badman. 1680.

Journal

Archives of Internal MedicineAmerican Medical Association

Published: Oct 1, 1991

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