Medicine: Pneumonitis

A new disease is sweeping the U.S. It is known as "pneumonitis," "virus pneumonia" and a half-dozen other names. The Army, which has special reason to be worried, labels the disease "primary atypical pneumonia, etiology [cause] unknown."

Luckily it is rarely fatal, but after a week or so of acute distress a patient is usually left shaky and washed out for several weeks. The disease chiefly attacks adolescents and young adults, often in groups such as schools, colleges, Army posts. Peak of the pneumonitis season seems to be in the late fall and winter, whereas most other respiratory diseases reach their peaks...

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