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August 20, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(8):420-421. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450080046007

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Sanitary men tell us that with our present knowledge of the causation of typhoid fever every death from that disease is an unnecessary death. This is an excellent principle to hold in view for the guidance of municipal health officers who have some control over the insanitary factors concerned in the spread of the disease and of military medical men serving with well disciplined troops, but we can hardly expect regimental surgeons serving with our volunteer troops at the present time to subscribe to it. Most of our hygienic authorities agree that hastily organized levies have to undergo a typhoid seasoning before they can be considered fit for active service, for every new regiment includes many young men who are susceptible to the disease and their number gives a corresponding susceptibility to the regiment, while the difficulties in the way of controlling the disease are very great. This was our

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