Putrid fever


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(Med.) typhus fever; - so called from the decomposing and offensive state of the discharges and diseased textures of the body.

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A disease known since antiquity, typhus has been described as follows: "A kind of continued fever, attended with great prostration of the nervous and vascular systems, with a tendency to putrefaction in the fluids and vitiation in the secretions; putrid fever.
John Luttig, an employee of the Missouri Fur Company, recorded in his journal on 20 December 1812, "This evening the wife of Charbonneau, a Snake squaw, died of putrid fever.
Putrid fever and lung inflammation probably mean typhus and pneumonia, but nervous fever is unidentifiable.
All medical advice and attention was useless; the Tartars died as soon as the signs of disease appeared on their bodies: swellings in the armpit or groin caused by coagulating humours, followed by a putrid fever.