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Bob Hope, Pneumonia, and the Counterfactual

James C. Hurley, MBBS, PhD
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From the School of Rural Health, University of Melbourne; and the Division of Internal Medicine, Ballarat Health Services.

Correspondence to: James C. Hurley, MBBS, PhD, Internal Medicine Service, Ballarat Health Services, PO Box 577, Ballarat, VIC, Australia, 3350; e-mail: jamesh@bhs.org.au


Financial/nonfinancial disclosures: The author has reported to CHEST that no potential conflicts of interest exist with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article.

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© 2010 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2010;138(2):248-249. doi:10.1378/chest.10-0331
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In 2001, at the age of 98 years, Bob Hope, the famous American comedian, was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia. He recovered and left the hospital to live another 2 years, but not before his obituary had been prematurely released. When asked where he would want to be buried, he told his wife, “Surprise me.”

The above story underlines the mortality hazard that remains after recovery from community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). This important question is addressed by Bordon and colleagues1 in this issue of CHEST(see page 279). Their study has a number of strengths. It has a large population under study and, being a veteran population, there is good long-term follow-up over a period of > 7 years from the index hospitaliz­ation. Moreover, the relative contributions of age > 65 years and comorbidities to this mortality hazard are all included in the Cox proportional hazards regression model that they used. Of necessity, these authors used an administrative definition to screen for CAP.

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