Health and Medical History of PresidentWoodrow Wilson: His Cold on the Front Page
The full New York Times story is provided below 1.
Comment: Notice the article's mention of the fever and, immediately afterwards, the statement that Wilson's condition is not serious. This is a reminder of the dread and horror that simple fevers caused in the era before antibiotics were available. A person could be vigorous and healthy one day, develop a fever, and be dead a week later. Antibiotics have changed the lives of human beings to a degree that few other inventions have. Anyone who professes great faith in "natural" remedies would be well advised to remember that for 2 million years it was very natural to rapidly die from a bacterial infection.