Typhomalarial Fever

Typhomalarial fever as a specific disease is not recognized by medical authorities today, but for the last half of the nineteenth century it was a frequently useful diagnostic category of diverse and often imprecise meaning. Joseph J. Woodward, a U.S. Army surgeon, defined the term during the American Civil War for those camp diseases "in which the malarial and typhoid elements are variously combined with each other and with the scorbutic taint." Woodward considered the disease "a new hybrid of old and well known pathological conditions," but one that was distinct, both clinically and at postmortem, from malarial and typhoid fevers.

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