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July 15, 2009

Biographies of Disease: Rabies

JAMA. 2009;302(3):331-332. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1029

It has been 124 years since Louis Pasteur effectively administered a rabies vaccine to a 9-year-old boy, securing the pivotal role for vaccination in the prevention of this serious, nearly always fatal disease. In Biographies of Disease: Rabies, P. Dileep Kumar has provided a treatise that combines historical perspectives with a medical review that makes this text relevant for infectious disease specialists, public health workers, physicians, and laypersons interested in a disease that still terrifies health care professionals and laypersons.

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