October 6, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVII(14):1104-1105. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520140040015

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The lay press of late has been considerably interested in certain allegations published in the organ of the humane societies that no such disease as hydrophobia exists, and the idea is naturally acceptable. The eminent physicians who are quoted as questioning the existence of the disease can properly speak from their own experience and have a right to any honest opinion they may hold on the matter, but to support such claims by saying, as some of them are said to do, that they know of no other physician or surgeon who has seen a case, would imply a more limited acquaintance with the leading men of the profession and their work than ought to be the case. There have been plenty of cases of hydrophobia published in the medical press by eminently respectable authorities whose word and judgment on any other disease would not he questioned—and why should they

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