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Charles G. Roland, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1970;125(6):926-931. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310060004001.
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Death in the Parrot's Cage

A little over twenty-seven years ago Dr. J. A. Knott, who had been my house physician, asked me to see a lady... who had been seriously ill for several days. On the way to the house I asked Knott what he thought was wrong and he said 'I don't know, but the Widal is positive so I suppose it's an odd case of typhoid. If it is, it's the oddest one I've seen.'

The patient was delirious but could be roused to answer a few questions. She complained only of headache and a sense of severe illness; she did not refer to the troublesome and ineffective cough which gave her no rest. A few rales were found in the left upper lobe but otherwise physical examination revealed nothing of importance and, apart from the fact that her pulse was slow in relation to her continued


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