One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Louse-borne typhus acquired in overcrowded, insanitary conditions in an old-fashioned hospital.
- ‘Palatine fever, gaol fever, hospital fever, camp fever, and ship fever are all names applied to typhus, an acute febrile disease transmitted to man by body lice.’
- ‘Tilton's log hut hospitals were found to be very conducive to the recovery of soldiers from hospital fever.’
- ‘Joseph Lister's experiments with antiseptics revolutionised 19 th-century surgery, reducing deaths from ‘hospital fever’.’
- ‘About two weeks after I entered the hospital I took hospital fever and was delirious for two or three weeks.’
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