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. A genus of the order Febres, class Pyrexia, of Cullen's nosology" (J.
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. She was a good and the best woman in the fort, aged about 25 years.
These include gout, asthma, dropsy, sore throat, putrid fever, nervous fever, typhus, lung inflammation, cough, chilliness, headache, and earache.
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.
He held fast to the traditional view that "in the histories of all epidemics, whether plague, small pox, putrid fevers &c.