March 9, 1901

Fatality of the Rattlesnake.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(10):678. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470100070017

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Knoxville, Tenn., Feb. 26, 1901.

To the Editor:  —Your editorial on the "Fatality of the Rattlesnake" induces me to say a word on the subject. The professor referred to therein is manifestly not posted on rattlesnakes. During the past eight years I have had occasion to spend a considerable portion of six winters in Southern Florida. The diamond rattler is a denizen of that region, and since I made my first visit there eight years ago, I know of three men, a horse, and a number of dogs dying from rattlesnake bites. The diamond rattler is said to be the most poisonous of all, and attains an enormous size; fortunately he is usually peacibly inclined, and all he asks is to be let alone.On one of my visits there I talked with an Indian on the subject, and asked him how he cured rattlesnake bites. He very promptly answered:

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