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April 15, 1905

Typhoid Fever.

JAMA. 1905;XLIV(15):1209. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500420053020

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Baileyville, Ill., April 8, 1905.

To the Editor:  —The article on typhoid fever by Dr. Robin of Wilmington, Del., in The Journal April 8, 1905, leads me to quote from "Report on the Origin and Spread of Typhoid Fever in U. S. Military Camps During Spanish War of 1898." The letter of transmittal states that data "furnish most positive proof that the dissemination of typhoid fever in the military camps in 1898 was largely from person to person by contact and not through infected food or water." The study of the conditions prevalent at Jacksonville convinced the board that there, at least, water was not responsible for the epidemic; then the inspection of the recently abandoned camps at Chickamauga plainly told the truth, and the fact that the most potent factor in the spread of typhoid fever in the camps was the pollution of the soil, of the feet, clothing,

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