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August 20, 1938

RABIESREPORT OF TWELVE CASES, WITH A DISCUSSION OF PROPHYLAXIS

Author Affiliations

CHICAGO

From the Cook County Hospital, the Cook County Graduate School of Medicine and the Pediatric Department of the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

JAMA. 1938;111(8):688-691. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790340024007
Abstract

Between January 1929 and January 1937 twelve patients with rabies were admitted to the Cook County Hospital. All died. The diagnosis in each case was confirmed by autopsy. Rabies continues to take its deadly toll of human life, year after year, notwithstanding Pasteur's development of a successful prophylactic treatment more than a half century ago.

The series here reported comprises seven children and five adults; eleven were males; one was a Negro. The age and the racial incidence are in accord with those generally accepted, and the racial incidence evidences a certain amount of immunity in the Negro. The preponderance of males is explained by their more frequent contact with dogs.

The incubation period for our patients varied from two weeks to two months. The closer the site of the bite to the central nervous system the shorter was the incubation period. This fact was exemplified in the case of

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