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January 6, 1917


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Washington, D. C.

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(1):33. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270010033009

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The usual understanding or definition of typhoid carrier is a person who, though apparently well, has the bacilli of typhoid a fever in the stools or urine. There have not been many reports of cases in which the typhoid organism has been cultured a from other discharges in persons otherwise apparently well. Therefore I believe it worth while to report the following cases:

Case 1.  —B. S. N., man, white, aged 34, with negative family history, in 1898, while serving in the U. S. Volunteers in Porto Rico, suffered a severe attack of typhoid fever. Ever since then there has been a chronic purulent discharge from the left ear with an occasional acutre exacerbation. When I saw him, the temperature was 100, the mastoid was tender,there was a free flow of creamy pus from the left external meatus, the inferior posterior half of the left membrana tympani was destroyed, and

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