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To the Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association:
Having been in St. Augustine, Fla., in April, when the cases of so-called typhoid fever to which you refer in The Journal of the 7th inst. were under treatment, I am able to say that your doubt whether they were cases of genuine typhoid is fully justified. I saw none of them personally, but from statements made to me by the local physicians it is plain that they were simply cases of the common malarial fever of the country, occurring in persons of feeble constitution, and presenting typhoid symptoms in their final stages.It is stated that the number of persons traveling for health and pleasure in Florida during the past season has been greater than ever before, and it is not strange that in the hotels crowded by these visitors malarial fever of a severe type should have
Tourtellot LA. Malarial Fever. JAMA. 1892;XVIII(21):657–658. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411250027016
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