If it were necessary that one should make an apology for offering a contribution on this subject, I should say that it has been twenty-three years since Leyden first proposed the surgical treatment of this malady and Mikulicz did the first successful operation, giving to humanity the first ray of hope in a contest where death was well nigh inevitable. A year and a half ago I lost my own son from this accident. Had I made as careful a study of the diagnosis of perforation in typhoid before his illness as I have made since, I think his life might have been saved.
And so I feel somewhat like the rich man, the story of whom is told in sacred history, who, languishing in eternal punishment, looked up to Lazarus in the bosom of Abraham and implored him, if he could not come to him and ease his suffering
ALLABEN JE. INTESTINAL PERFORATION IN TYPHOID FEVER; ITS DIAGNOSIS AND SURGICAL TREATMENT.. JAMA. 1907;XLIX(7):554-559. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320070024002c