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September 19, 1908


JAMA. 1908;LI(12):983-988. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25410120027002f

There is no intention in this paper to endeavor to discuss all the phases of the treatment of typhoid fever, but those will be considered about which there is the greatest difference of opinion or which deserve special emphasis. In the consideration of the handling of a patient with typhoid fever we must always have the individual in mind and care for him rather than treat a disease. No one method suits every patient any more than clothing made to one measurement fits every man. The man can exist whether the clothing suits his figure or not, but he is not garbed to the best advantage. In the same way one method of treatment may bring a certain patient through the illness, but not in the easiest or best way. It seems to me that the importance of drilling this fact into our students should be more realized by those