Letters Lower respiratory infection

Investigation of lower respiratory tract infection

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d7727 (Published 13 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7727
  1. James A Erskine, former mission medical officer1
  1. 1Stockport, UK
  1. jamieerskine{at}doctors.org.uk

As a doctor returning from 16 years in rural practice in the Gambia, I appreciated how Chalmers and Hill discouraged wasteful investigation of presumed lower respiratory tract infection.1Throughout these years I worked beyond reach of chest radiography and blood or sputum culture facilities and used World Health Organization guidelines, which …

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