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Epidemic of Rabies
With the beginning of the new year, reports have come from almost all parts of Anatolia showing hydrophobia increasing at an alarming rate. The outbreak of the epidemic coincided with the time of mating of cats and dogs. There are few pet dogs in Turkish homes but more pet cats, the Ankara and Persian cats being given special preference. Almost all city homes have at least one cat, and stores, groceries and butcher shops are never without their cat families, for the doorsteps of stores are the favored places where deserted kittens are left. Before the days of the grinding machine, when the old method of chopping meat on a board with a hatchet was still in use, the cats of the neighborhood used to appear at the first sound, to wait in front of the open kitchen window for the cast off pieces of meat. In
TURKEY. JAMA. 1932;99(24):2047. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740760057024