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October 21, 1933


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Magdeburg, Germany

JAMA. 1933;101(17):1332-1333. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740420052025

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To the Editor:  —As a former health officer I read with great interest the paper by Bigelow and Anderson on the cure of typhoid carriers, in The Journal, July 29. My interest was aroused at the remark "our inability to make certain that the stool specimen submitted actually came from the carrier," as nearly thirty years ago, in a case in which I rightly suspected that I was deceived as to the origin of the stool specimens, I employed a method of control, without hospitalizing the suspected carrier, that might be of use also in American health offices.Before recommending it I may tell a curious event, which illustrates the necessity of always being suspicious. A farmer's wife living in a hamlet in Westphalia was under observation as a typhoid carrier. The specimens of her stool varied from positive to negative. Once when she was told that the last specimen

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