Chicken soup rebound and relapse of pneumonia: report of a case

Chest. 1975 Feb;67(2):215-6. doi: 10.1378/chest.67.2.215.


A case is reported in which a previously healthy individual, having received an inadequate course of chicken soup in treatment of mild pneumococcal pneumonia, experienced a severe relapse, refractory to all medical treatment and eventually requiring thoracotomy. The pharmacology of chicken soup is reviewed and the dangers of abrupt termination of therapy are stressed.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pneumonia / therapy*
  • Research*
  • Wit and Humor as Topic*