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January 24, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XL(4):251. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490040047012

We publish in this issue an article1 with its discussion on typhoid fever in infants, in which the method of infection seems to cause more difficulty than we consider justified. Thompson is quoted as saying concerning typhoid fever that "from its etiology its occurrence is impossible in breast-fed infants." Brush says, "What I can't understand... is, if typhoid is a water-borne disease, how the nursing babe can get it." Cotton remarks, "I do not think we should let this subject go out with the impression that children are exempt from typhoid because they do not drink water.... That typhoid may be nursed from the mother's breast there seems to be little doubt." These remarks suggest a valuable field for clinical observation, namely, whether or not typhoid may be transmitted through the mother's milk, but in this discussion there seems to be left out of consideration the fact—it seems to

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