Infectious Disease Clinics of North America volume 24, issue 1, P1-5 2010 DOI: 10.1016/j.idc.2009.10.007 View full text
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Cheston B. Cunha

Abstract: The subject of atypical pneumonias is of great medical and historical interest to modern physicians. Although these diseases have no doubt affected humans throughout our history, it is not until the mid-twentieth century that physicians first began to differentiate certain atypical pulmonary infectious processes from typical pneumonia. Physicians at the time were unclear as to the precise etiology of these infections. As time progressed and study of these organisms continued, physicians were better able to ide…

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