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How Typhoid Fever is Spread

Nature volume 13, page 428 | Download Citation



THE case recently reported (NATURE, vol. xiii. p. 331) by Prof. Frankland from a Swiss village, where the poison of typhoid fever is said “to have filtered through a mile of porous soil, but which had nevertheless lost none of its virulent properties,” is certainly so striking that some further reference to authorities seems requisite. If it can be satisfactorily proved that this was the most likely and reasonable origin of the case, it will give additional weight to every endeavour for preserving our water supply from every conceivable impurity; but unless based on the opinion of a competent and skilled investigator of such cases, it will lay us open to the charge of receiving any similar statement that favours our view, however rash. As medical officers of health it is our duty frequently to trace the origin of cases of this disease, and my anxiety to have farther information of this case owill thus seem reasonable, and I hope will meet with some reply from the distinguished professor.

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