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June 30, 1900

Typhoid Fever Among American Soldiers in 1898.

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(26):1675. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460260019008

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Philadelphia, June 9, 1900.

To the Editor:  —In Dr. Vaughan's article on typhoid fever among the American soldiers in 1898, which was published in The Journal of June 9, 1900, there is a statement which, I think, calls for some explanation on my part. He says, "The claim is made by an assistant-surgeon of one of the Pennsylvania regiments that there was not a case of typhoid fever in his command, but the records of the Philadelphia hospitals show that certain cases sent from this regiment proved to be typhoid fever." The regiment referred to was the 2d Pennsylvania, of which I had the honor to be one of the assistant-surgeons. The regiment returned to Philadelphia on Sept. 15, 1898, for the purpose of being mustered out. With the approval of its commanding officer, Col. John Biddle Porter, I wrote an account of the sanitary condition of the regiment, which

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