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January 8, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXX(2):100-101. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440540048008

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While some medical men during the last few years have been largely interested in studying the value of recently introduced tests for the diagnosis of enteric fever, other clinicians have not been idle in studying this disease with particular reference to both its common and rare complications. More than twenty years ago one of the first and most valuable contributions to this subject was made by W. W. Keen in his " Toner Lectures upon the Surgical Complications of Typhoid Fever," and the information therein contained, combined with valuable facts derived from more recent statistics, was utilized in the address which this well-known surgeon recently delivered before the Alumni Association of Harvard University. In most instances the surgical complications of typhoid fever have arisen from the infection of bones or glandular structures with the typhoid bacillus and usually with other infecting micro-organisms which have gained access to the body, and lodgement

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