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September 28, 1895


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JAMA. 1895;XXV(13):534-542. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430390020001g

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Typhoid fever is the same disease, is produced by the same causes and is governed by the same laws, at whatever time of life it may occur, from earliest infancy to the frailest anility; modified as it may be, by age, by organic development, by concurrent affections, or by extrinsic causes, and probably by the quantity of poison ingested. In the child as in the adult, it is caused by the same morbific influence, which can be neutralized by the same antidotes. In either instance the patient should be regarded and treated simply as the container of the specific poison.

It follows, that notwithstanding the minor modifications which the character of the disease may undergo, on account of age or other causes, that it is amenable to practically the same curative treatment in infancy as in adult life.

I must, therefore, make the same declaration here that I have made

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