ROBERT ALLAN PHILLIPS, M.D.
Today the word cholera evokes more fear among more people of this earth than any other single word. Starvation is the only other word that has the connotation of cholera—death. However, with starvation one is dealing in terms of weeks; with cholera death comes in a matter of hours.
Cholera can be defined as a disease state caused by the Vibrio cholerae. The vibrios do not invade the body but are limited to the gut lumen; the disease is typically afebrile. The chief sign is a profuse isotonic diarrhea of rice-water character, with a rate of output of as much
PHILLIPS RA. Cholera in the Perspective of 1966. Ann Intern Med. ;65:922–930. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-65-5-922
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