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October 24, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVII(17):642-643. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410950030004

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The subject of typhoid fever was considered at the Chicago Medical Society, on the evening of the 21st inst. Four papers were presented, and the three hours session proved to be of great interest. The opening paper by Dr. N. S. Davis, Jr., on the "Etiology of Typhoid Fever," was confined to the discussion of the subject as developed during the last eighteen months. He paid full and careful attention both to those who advocated the causative agency of the Koch-Eberth bacillus, and those who doubted it. Leaning, himself, to the view that the weight of the argument is in favor of the Koch-Eberth bacillus, he gave very full expression to the views of Vaughan that typhoid fever is not a specific disease, but a group of diseases caused by a variety of poisons. Vaughan considers that it is essentially a filth disease, arising under conditions resembling in general those

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