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July 17, 1897


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JAMA. 1897;XXIX(3):97-98. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440290003001a

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One of the most distressing incidents which we may meet in typhoid fever is the occurrence of a relapse after we have guided the case safely to convalescence. The temperature has become normal, the patient is happy and hungry, the relatives contented, the doctor congratulates himself that he has cured a case of typhoid fever, and then comes the relapse and the tempest of the soul, so to speak. In the first place it is always a source of congratulation to the doctor that he is not personally responsible for the relapse. The condition under whichrelapse occurs is not, I think, in the large majority of cases within the control of the physician. Errors in diet are in some instances held responsible for it, but only in a very limited number of cases can the diet be held to be definitely responsible.

It is important in the first place to

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