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March 5, 1910


JAMA. 1910;LIV(10):799. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550360047004

The importance of a disease is not to be measured altogether by its frequency; its effects in individual cases are also to be reckoned. When a disease like hydrophobia is apparently on the increase it is a health problem of some urgency. The statistics in Dr. Frothingham's paper in this issue of The Journal show a rather formidable prevalence of the disorder in certain parts of the country. Kerr and Stimson1 state that there were one hundred and eleven deaths from hydrophobia in 1908, and that the number of deaths from this cause in the registration area in 1906 and 1907 (eighty-five and seventy-five, respectively) was almost double the number in any previous year since 1900. The health authorities of several of the states have also called attention to this fact. Rabies exists in nearly every portion of our country, and Dr. Frothingham could have added Alaska to the political

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