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January 6, 1940


JAMA. 1940;114(1):76-77. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810010078022

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To the Editor:—  The communication or Drs. J. L. Pomeroy and H. O. Swartout November 18 concerning our report (Rabies in Birmingham, Alabama, The Journal, July 29, 1939, p. 390) is gratifying for the interest it appears to have created.Drs. Pomeroy and Swartout criticize the publication of our conclusions because "they have been seized on by enemies of public health work" to cast discredit on rabies control measures. Fear of criticism from cranks or quacks among the public or from well grounded and respected members of the profession never offers valid excuse for excluding from the medical press such facts and data as are pertinent to changing views in the practice of medicine and public health. What such critics fail to see and what Drs. Pomeroy and Swartout apprarently do not realize is that any reflection on the efficacy of antirabies vaccine renders the control of the disease in

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