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November 22, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(21):1324-1325. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480470034004

About a year ago1 we directed attention to the fact that evidence was accumulating tending to show that typhoid fever was not so rare in children as had been generally supposed. This has been still further substantiated by observations more recently published. At the last annual meeting of the American Pediatric Society the reading of papers on typhoid fever in children was followed by considerable discussion as to whether this disease ever occurs in children under two years of age.

The writer of one of the papers had collected 37 or 38 cases of typhoid fever which had been reported in children under two years of age, in most of which the diagnosis was founded on the clinical symptoms, and in only about one-fifth of which the typhoid bacillus had been isolated. In the discussion several clinicians of extensive experience stated that they were not certain of having ever seen