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September 15, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVII(11):863. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520110047006

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A brief review of the opinions expressed with regard to the treatment of typhoid fever at the recent meeting of the British Medical Association will have special value at this season, not only because the subject is always a live one, but because of the different points of view of our British colleagues. There is little difference of opinion to be reported, but many of the ideas expressed in the discussion deserve notice because of their practical character. Two phases of the treatment of typhoid fever received special attention, and these may well be called the eternal questions in typhoid fever, the problem of removing harmful infectious material from the intestines, and that other ever-recurrent question, What shall the typhoid-fever patient be fed?

The declaration that the bowels of typhoid-fever patients should be kept rather loose, so as to prevent the retention of large numbers of bacilli in the intestinal

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