The conflict of Osler's concept of "typhoid spine"

Benedek, Thomas G.
April 2011
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;4/19/2011, Vol. 183 Issue 7, p773
Academic Journal
In this article, the author discusses the view of Canadian clinician William Osler on psychogenic cause of typhoid spine. The author states that the principal arguments of Osler against organic explanation of typhoid spine were lack of purulent lesions, his interpretation of patients, and its symptoms during convalescence. He also mentions that although Osler acknowledge the bacterial cause of typhoid, he was reluctant to renounce neurasthenia's diagnosis which is similar to typhoid spine.


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