February 14, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVI(7):238. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410590022004

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Dr. Fürbringer reports to the Berlin Medical Society the principal data concerning the late epidemic of typhus fever in the city above named. The disease sprang up in January, 1890, and ran for a period of seventy-five days. There were, in all, 155 cases received at the hospital; 67 were males, 75 females, and 13 were children under 12 years. The deaths were males 12 per cent., females 8 per cent., and children 15.5 per cent. Many of the males who died had a history of excessive drinking. Isolation was not practiced with any rigidity, and yet no other patients contracted the fever; only four of the sisters of mercy took the fever, and one other attendant, with no deaths among the latter. The excreta were removed or destroyed without delay, and this Dr. Fürbringer holds is the main point of prophylaxis whether in private or in hospital practice; in

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