Pneumonia has been one of the important diseases encountered at the base hospital since the opening of Camp Pike. Table 1 represents the results of bacteriologic examinations of the sputums obtained from sixty patients admitted to the hospital during the months of February and March. The sputum was collected from the patients in sterile Petri plates and sent to the laboratory at once and plated on the surface of human blood agar plates without addition of glucose. The table shows the predominant organisms that developed on the plates and most of the other organisms found after forty-eight hours' incubation, along with the clinical types of the disease with which the bacteria were associated.
The importance of the bacteria predominating in these sputums was substantiated in a number of cases by bacteriologic examinations of the blood during life and of the lungs after death.
From the table it will be seen