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April 20, 1901


Author Affiliations

Emeritus Professor of the Principles and Practice of Surgery and Clinical Surgery, Ohio Medical University; Division Surgeon, Union Pacific Railroad Company; Surgeon, Union Pacific Coal Company; Surgeon-General of Wyoming. ROCK SPRINGS, WYO.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(16):1103-1107. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.52470160021002g

I find in the arid plateaus of the Rocky Mountains three types of fever that predominate during the summer and fall. These more prevalent forms of febrile disturbances are familiarly known as malaria, typhoid and mountain fever. It is true that malarial fever is found to exist throughout the entire year, but it is more prevalent during spring, summer and autumn. We are not yet prepared to say that mountain fever is or is not a modified type of typhoid or malarial fever. Whether or not it is a relative to these diseases, the writer is satisfied that it has enough distinctive features, peculiar to itself, to warrant it in being worthy of separate consideration.

It is not the purpose of the writer in this contribution to attempt to defend the so-called "mountain fever" against those who may disclaim its existence. As a member of the medical profession, I feel

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