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July 7, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(1):36-37. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460270044014

For a long time a discussion was waged as to whether or not the typhoid bacillus is a pyogenic organism; but the evidence would seem to have decided the question in the affirmative, the bacillus being found in pure culture in various suppurative processes. Sometimes such lesions have become manifest only many years after the primary infection. In one instance, the bacillus was found in a case of suppurative cholecystitis more than eighteen years after the original disease; in another, in a case of axillary abscess, seven years afterward; in a third, in a case of osteomyelitis, six years afterward; and in a fourth, in a case of abscess of the tibia, four years afterward. To these a further case is added by Bush and Symes1 in which an abscess of the tibia persisted for seven years after an attack of typhoid fever. The patient was a woman,