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September 23, 1911

Informing the "Typhoid-Carrier"

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New York City.

JAMA. 1911;LVII(13):1075. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260090297019

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —It has been found that 3 to 5 per cent. of the patients recovering from typhoid are "carriers," that is, have typhoid bacilli in their stools even after they are well enough to be up and about. These unfortunate individuals are a danger to those about them and constitute one of the most difficult problems in preventive medicine. Although physicians are well aware of these facts, very little is done to minimize this source of infection. Hospital patients and private patients are discharged from observation without an examination to discover which are the "carriers" and which are rid of typhoid bacilli. This laissez-faire atttude is probably due to the irksomeness of routine bacteriologic examinations, and to the realization that we are in possession of no means of curing a "carrier." Nevertheless, I believe that we are not justified in taking this position, Rrjrj h, ""'v mav

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