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November 18, 1939


JAMA. 1939;113(21):1898-1899. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800460052025

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To the Editor: —  The report on "Rabies in Birmingham, Alabama" (Drs. G. A. Denison and J. D. Dowling, The Journal, July 29, p. 390) raises several questions that call for further discussion. No one should find fault with the statements of fact in their report; but it is unfortunate that some of the conclusions that they drew were published, because these have already been seized on by enemies of public health work and orthodox medical practice to cast discredit on even such rabies control measures as Drs. Denison and Dowling themselves advocate.The authors' thesis is stated in the first paragraph of their report: "We are especially concerned with those problems which confront the physician; namely, the value of antirabies vaccine and indication for its administration." Their intimation that "failure to control the dog" is what calls for other antirabies measures is one with which there is or should

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