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The purpose of the present paper is to give, briefly, an outline of the method of treatment of typhoid fever as used by the writer in a considerable number of cases.
A consideration of the pathology of this disease does not properly come under this head, but we wish simply to call attention to the well-known fact that typhoid fever is a germ disease. The germ which causes this fever has been generally supposed to be the bacillus of Eberth. More recent bacteriologic studies rather indicate that the bacillus coli may also cause the disease. These germs are usually carried into the body in food or drink, and lodging in the small intestines begin to grow and multiply, and by their life produce poisonous ptomaines which are absorbed and carried by the circulation to all the organs and tissues of the body. It is these ptomaines thus carried to all
W. H. RILEY. THE TREATMENT OF TYPHOID FEVER WITHOUT ALCOHOL.. JAMA. 1895;XXV(12):489–490. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430380019002d