June 16th, 2015

1950s Pnuemonia treatment

I'd like to know how pneumonia was treated in the 1950s. I'm writing a story that takes place in West Germany in the 1950s(don't know exactly what year yet). My story features a character who had pneumonia before he fled East Germany to come to West Germany. He received treatment in East Germany, but wasn't deemed well enough to travel when he left. I'd like to know if it was possible during the time period to travel when not fully recovered and not have dangerous complications as a result. I googled "pneumonia treatment in the 1950s" and "treating pneumonia without antibiotics" but didn't find the details I was looking for. If anyone has information regarding the treatments they had back then and their effectiveness, please share this information. It would be very helpful.