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Lancet: Purulent bronchitis in 1917 and pandemic influenza in 1918

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  • Lancet: Purulent bronchitis in 1917 and pandemic influenza in 1918

    A remarkable Lancet paper, which is probably the first description of the so-called 1918 Spanish influenza outbreak,1 is omitted from the journal’s Pandemic influenza: 100 years microsite. We wish to draw attention to this work, both to augment the excellent timeline of landmark events in influenza history in the microsite and to describe this early paper’s relevance to understanding the origin of the 1918 influenza pandemic.With great clarity Hammond and colleagues,1 British army medical officers serving in Étaples, France, described purulent bronchitis that presented with a “symptom complex so distinctive as to constitute a definite clinical entity” in 71 soldiers who died during the winter of 1916–17. They detailed the clinical, bacteriological, and postmortem features of the disease, typically including dyspnoea

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    https://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journ...19)30114-8.pdf
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