Fillers One hundred years ago

A nameless medical hero of the Franco-Prussian war

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 19 January 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:164

Dr Gordon Sharp, of Leeds, has sent us the following interesting account of an American student whose devotion at the siege of Metz entitles him to a place in the Valhalla of medical heroes. “After the surrender of Metz on October 29th, 1870, it was found that ‘black typhus fever’ was raging amongst the French soldiers who had survived the siege. The Grande Place or great square of Metz was packed with …

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