jail fever


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jail fever

n
(Pathology) a former name for typhus, once a common disease in jails
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We catch a glimpse of the young cartoonist Richard Newton, who died in 1798 at the age of just 21, possibly from jail fever picked up on his visits to the inmates of Newgate prison--radical authors and booksellers, including for a time his own publisher, William Holland, who was serving a sentence for his pamphlets supporting Thomas Paine's Rights of Man.