March 28, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XL(13):855. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490130039008

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The recent death of the eight-year-old child of a prominent physician in New York ought to be sufficient to convince the most rabid oppositionist of the existence of the disease that it is really a formidable entity. The case was seen by some of the best specialists in New York, the diagnosis confirmed and the history of the case thoroughly reviewed. Of course, those who believe that dogs should suffer no inconvenience though human beings may die, as we see in the tone of the antivivisectionist publications, would be satisfied with nothing, but at least such physicians as have criticised the views of those who believed in hydrophobia ought to accept this evidence. The important thing about it, however, is not the mere question of the existence of hydrophobia, but the increasing prevalence of the disorder. There seems good reason to believe that there are more cases in late years

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