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May 30, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XL(22):1513. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490220037008

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We regret to see a regular medical journal indulging in sneers of "ignorant clamor" against hydrophobia. Hydrophobia is a reality, and a very serious one, and not all the sentiment or pseudo-benevolence of the zoophiles can disturb this fact. The destruction of all wandering dogs and all the pampered pets in our large communities would not compensate for the loss of a valuable human life destroyed through their agency. It is hard to see why a muzzling law can never be enforced; it has been enforced in Great Britain with the result of practically stamping out hydrophobia in that country. The editor of the monthly journal referred to remarks that the statistics of the New York Board of Health will probably show that perhaps two persons died of the infection from dog bites in four years. We can not dispute this from actual knowledge of the facts, but if statistics

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