Medicine: Typhoid Carriers

Typhoid Carrier

Pennsylvania suffered in two spots last week from too much faith in scientific preventive medicine. The trouble began 40 years ago when Sir Almroth Edward Wright, redoubtable young Irishman, made inoculation against typhoid fever a practicable medical procedure. U. S. sani- tarians were slow to pick up his methods. Consequently 20,738 U. S. soldiers, nearly one-fifth of those mobilized, suffered from typhoid—1,580 died— during the brief War with Spain. Simultaneously Dr. Wright, as a member of the India Plague Commission, was inoculating 3,000 soldiers in India. Later he had every one of the...

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