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April 3, 1915


JAMA. 1915;LXIV(14):1163-1164. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570400045017

There are statistics available to indicate that typhoid fever is somewhat more prevalent in certain parts of our insular possessions in the Far East than it was in former years. It would probably be overhasty to say that the disease is on the increase. At the Philippine General Hospital in Manila there was a fairly uniform relationship of the number of typhoid patients admitted to the total admissions, during 1911 and 1912. During the first half of the year 1913 there was a marked increase. The factors concerned are not easy to detect; for it is doubtless true that the people concerned are becoming more accustomed to hospitalization, and the incidence of a severer type of malady like typhoid may thus indirectly come more prominently to our attention. We are reminded in any event that the importance of recognizing the incidence index of typhoid fever in the Philippines cannot be