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May 14, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XVIII(20):627. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411240027009

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The New York correspondent of the British Medical Journal has recently written concerning typhoid fever in Chicago, recalling the fact that nearly two thousand deaths occurred here from this disease in 1891. The matter at present is one of world wide interest in view of the approaching World's Fair, and it is desirable that the world should know something about this matter besides mere figures, which are often misleading. It must not be forgotten that Chicago is a very large city, and the number of deaths from typhoid, although large, is just about equal to the number of physicians. One death per annum from typhoid for each physician is certainly not a very extensive showing. It means, of course, that a great many of Chicago's 2,000 physicians did not have a single fatal case of the disease during the year.

It was notorious among the physicians of the city, and

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