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July 3, 1897


Author Affiliations

Professor of Practice of Medicine in the Medical College of Virginia; President Richmond Academy of Medicine and Surgery; Honorary Fellow of the State Medical Society of West Virginia. RICHMOND, VA.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(1):20-23. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440270020001i

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I have been influenced in the selection of a subject for this paper, not by the fact that its discussion has been neglected, nor because the medical mind for many years has been lacking in appreciation of its importance or failed to elaborately consider the best therapeusis for its management, but because concurrently with the development of much that is beneficial, errors and misconceptions have crept in. I believe, in the minds of many men, there is a vagueness of conception of the skilful treatment of typhoid fever, which in this advanced age with its wealth of clinical observation and literature, is deplorable. Therefore, I will endeavor to discuss the subject as fully, yet as concisely and practically as possible.

Prophylaxis.  —Being an infectious disease we can not be too careful in using every means to prevent its spread. The case itself should not be allowed to become a focus

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