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October 16, 1897

Suppressio Veri; Suggestio Falsi.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(16):811. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440420045011

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St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 9, 1897.

To the Editor:  —In consideration of the above and the correspondence between Drs. Woodbridge and Upshur, I propose to give a brief sketch of my experience in typhoid fever in Missouri for over forty years.In the fall of 1853 I had charge of a family of seventeen persons, in age ranging from 1 to 20 years (Dr. C's. family). Called in consultation Dr. McD., a graduate of a Philadelphia medical college. We diagnosed typhoid fever in case one. The patient was about 20 years of age, of sanguine temperament and good health up to that time. Treatment began with a purgative dose of calomel, hot turpentine stupes over the bowels (right iliac region), aromatic sulph. acid as a drink, and Dover's powder at night. The diarrhea was kept within reasonable bounds by the two latter, increasing or lessening the amount according to circumstances.

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