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April 7, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(14):882-883. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460140054014

By reason of its long duration, its pyrexia and the character of its lesions, typhoid fever may be considered a wasting disease, and when death occurs, barring complications, it is most commonly due to asthenia. This result may be due in part to the insufficiency of the diet usually employed, and the tendency to remove this source of danger that has manifested itself of late in various places would seem to be a natural one. The impairment of appetite, the deficiency in secretion and the interference with the digestive functions resulting from the pyrexial process, as well as the state of the intestine and the presence of diarrhea, will as a rule contraindicate the administration of solid or semisolid food or even of liquid food in large amounts, but in not a small number of, and perhaps in most, cases at some stage of the disease these deterring factors are