Hoffman RC199 .A7 1821
JOHN ARMSTRONG (1784-1829)
John Armstrong was a prominent English physician who was appointed
to the London Fever Hospital. His book, Practical Illustrations of
Typhus Fever, was first published at London in 1816, and was one of
his many publications that led to his increased reputation. Not knowing
the true cause of typhus, he theorized about several different types of
typhus, their history, diagnosis, and treatment.
Typus fever is transmitted by contact with animals, usually
rats, that have fleas carrying the bacterium. In Armstrong's day
physicians often confused Typhus and Malaria, even coining the term,
typho-malaria, thinking they were the same disease. William Osler
finally debunked the notion.
This copy of Armstrong's book was published in the
United States in 1822 and is based on the third English edition.
Nathaniel Potter was a well known American physician, who published a
number of his own treatises, as well as editing this edition of
Armstrong's work in Typhus Fever.
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