I will look into it, but I do not think there is any reason to believe that there is any substantive failure to notify pneumonia. Indeed medical opinion is that there is rather over—than under—notification, from the standpoint that other things than can strictly be described as pneumonia are so notified.
Following is the statement:
|Cases of acute, primary and influenzal pneumonia notified in England and Wales from 1932 to 1941 and deaths from these conditions during the same period.|
|—||Cases of acute, primary and influenzal pneumonia notified.||Deaths from Pneumonia (all forms).||Deaths from Influenza with pneumonic complications|
|* Including non-civilians.|
asked the Minister of Health whether there has been a fall in the death-rate from acute pneumonia since the introduction of chemotherapy in 1938, in view of the known reduction in the mortality rate in controlled series of cases from, approximately, 30 per cent. to 10 per cent.?
I am advised that, although one drug in particular used in chemotherapy has lowered the fatality rate in controlled series of cases and proved its value in certain kinds of pneumococcal infection, the complications of pneumonia are such that it would not be justifiable as yet to look for any substantial effect on mortality from the disease in all its forms.