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This paper is presented more with the idea of calling attention to enforcing the fact that there is a reliable remedy for animal poison, than to offer any new developments in regard to hydrophobia. Little that is new and undisputed has been discovered since the report of the American Medical Association, in 1856. We are still confronted with contradictory theories and strange anomalies, which are only to be explained from the vantage ground of one who realizes that disease is not an entity, but rather a remedial effort, and that relief comes only by our ability to recognize and assist the vital forces in their inevitable conflict with all foreign material.
Although hydrophobia is one of the rarest and most fatal of acute, infectious diseases, and is produced only by inoculation of a specific animal poison, which manifests itself by symptoms due to a disturbance of the central nervous system,
SHEPARD CH. HYDROPHOBIA.. JAMA. 1897;XXIX(17):824–828. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440430004002