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July 22, 1893

OBSERVATIONS BASED ON AN EXPERIENCE WITH NEARLY ONE THOUSAND CASES OF TYPHOID FEVER.Read before the Section of Practice of Medicine, at the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association.

JAMA. 1893;XXI(4):120-124. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420560016002c
Abstract

Within the past five years I have seen in the city of Chicago, in Cook County, Presbyterian and St. Elizabeth Hospitals and in private practice, nearly one thousand cases of typhoid fever.

The following observations are based on the experience with these cases:

Observations the result of clinical experience are accepted as true by the reader, only so far as the facts accord with those he himself has noted, or as the conclusions appeal to his reason, or as he has confidence in the ability of the observer to make accurate observations and correctly to interpret them. I fully realize the truth of the Hippocratic motto Professor Osler has put at the head of his book, "Experience is fallacious and judgment difficult," and I am aware of the weak points in a paper clinical in character, not experimental nor even statistical; and I fear lest what I write may seem

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