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April 25, 1903

Typhoid Perforation Data Wanted.

JAMA. 1903;XL(17):1154. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490170038012

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Nashville, Tenn., April 17, 1903.

To the Editor:  —I desire to request any surgeon who has operated for intestinal perforation or peritonitis in typhoid fever, to send me the data of the cases and reference, if they have been published, under the following heads: Age. Sex. Severity of the fever. Symptoms of perforation. Abdominal signs. Date of disease when perforation occurs. Length of time after perforation before operation. Leucocytosis (if any tests). Description of findings at operation. Site of perforation. Result. Remarks.I have collected 261 cases in the literature, and feel sure that many more have remained unfound or unreported. For the purpose of a complete statistical investigation of this important surgical problem, I respectfully request the above reports at as early a date as possible.

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