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September 3, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(10):541-542. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450100051006

The spread of typhoid fever in the various military camps during the present war has become so serious a matter as to call for a most thorough investigation; it certainly was not anticipated and its occurrence will have to be accounted for. It is naturally to be assumed that the camp sites were, for the most part, selected with reasonable care, and with at least the ordinary amount of sanitary precaution usual in such selections, under the oversight and with the consent of the Army Medical Staff. There may have been exceptions, but this certainly should have been the rule. Allowing fully for the careless habits of volunteers, the spread of typhoid seems to have been excessive, and something more than the usual waterborne contamination would seem necessary to account for it. It is be presupposed that, with the oversight of medical authorities and the generally diffused information in regard