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March 1, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(9):588. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480090040007

It is perhaps unnecessary to call attention to the manner of origin of epidemics of typhoid fever; the subject may be regarded as somewhat trite. Yet the story of every epidemic, be it great or small, is worthy of attention, as it serves to fix more firmly in the mind of the physician and through him the mind of the laity the great importance of prophylaxis and of proper sanitary precautions. Two very instructive reports on small epidemics of typhoid fever have just been published. In last week's issue of The Journal,1 Harriman describes how 65 cases developed in a school where the general environment, the sewers and sewage disposal and the water supply were found perfect. But about September 15 a new milkman began to supply some of the milk and on October 8 three cases of the fever developed and others continued to do so until eighteen