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April 17, 1897

CONTINUED AND EPHEMERAL FEVERS, A NOTE.ON THE SERUM TEST FOR TYPHOID.

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PROFESSOR OF PHYSIOLOGY AND LECTURER ON DIGESTIVE DISEASES, DENTAL DEPARTMENT, UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(16):733-734. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440160015001e

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Abstract

There have been two disease names in common use which are nothing but names, and are in no true sense of the term diagnoses. These are ephemeral and continued fever. Cases of this nature (or of these natures?) may be explained as due to intestinal fermentation or to some other form of sui-intoxication, and they have been regarded, respectively, as abortive and atypical manifestations of some other disease. In some parts of the country, continued fever is regarded as malarial; in Buffalo there is seldom any suspicion of malaria, since typhoid is, for practical purposes, the only definite protracted but acute fever, aside from the exanthemata and miliary tuberculosis. The writer does not care to discuss the merits of the arguments for and against classifying ephemeral and continued fever as manifestations of typhoid. Repeatedly have febrile cases been diagnosed as typhoid from the temperature curve, the subjective symptoms and the

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