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Article
August 27, 1898

TREATMENT OF ENTERIC FEVER BY SYSTEMATIC COLD BATHING.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(9):475-476. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450090041006
Abstract

Dr. Wilson of Philadelphia, who, as is well known, has, for a number of years, consistently practiced the treatment of typhoid fever by cold bathing in the German Hospital in Philadelphia, now reports1 the statistics of 741 cases, of which 55 died, the mortality being 7.42 per cent. In these figures are included all the cases of typhoid fever which entered the hospital from Feb. 1, 1890, until Jan. 1, 1898, excepting one patient who entered one afternoon and died the following morning, the anatomic diagnosis being typhoid fever. This patient was not bathed.

An analysis of the cases of enteric fever for the years 1896 and 1897 is also presented. For the purpose of comparison there is appended the statistics of the three principal hospitals in Philadelphia for the year 1896. The average mortality of 403 cases in these hospitals was9.92 per cent. In these institutions some cases

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