Was It Really Typhus?

  title={Was It Really Typhus?},
  author={Jack Ellsworth Roberts},
  journal={Bront{\"e} Studies},
  pages={49 - 53}
  • J. Roberts
  • Published 1 March 2002
  • Medicine
  • Brontë Studies
Abstract Examines the nature of the illness that took place at Cowan Bridge Clergy Daughters' School in 1825. A distinction is made between typhoid infection caused by the contamination of food and water supplies, and true, louse-borne, typhus. After examining the surviving evidence, the author concludes that the illness was probably one of the paratyphoids caused by poor kitchen hygiene. 


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