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Typhoid scandal uncovered


A BBC investigation has uncovered evidence that nearly 50 women identified as typhoid carriers were locked up for life in a mental asylum. Nursing staff told a BBC investigation that some of the women may have been sane when they were admitted but went mad because of their incarceration. Hugh Pennington, emeritus professor of bacteriology at Aberdeen University, discusses the risks of typhoid.

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