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Just what is pneumonia, anyway?

By: Robert H. Shmerling, M.D., Faculty Editor Surprisingly, one of the big topics of this election season has been pneumonia. In September, news outlets reported that Hilary Clinton would be taking a few days off the campaign trail because she had pneumonia. It got me thinking: what do they mean by “pneumonia”? The question comes up because pneumonia is not just one disease. There are several types and causes. Some are temporary setbacks, and…

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