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July 19, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(3):117-124. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480290001001

The treatment of yellow fever is a subject of very great importance and secondary only to the question of prophylaxis or prevention. We are now able, by promptly instituting the proper measures, to control the spread of this disease, and if the treatment of the persons already affected be successful, the excitement and panic that so frequently follow its invasion may be averted. It is important to bear in mind that the disease is one of short duration, and if the patient's strength and vitality can be maintained throughout the critical period his recovery is practically assured, provided, of course, that he was previously in good health and free from organic lesion.

Let us first review the treatment pursued by some of the older authorities and then, aided by the light of modern pathology, consider what modes of treatment will be simplest, safest and at the same time afford the