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October 15, 1910

Facts and Problems of Rabies.

JAMA. 1910;55(16):1408. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330160076039

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Abstract

A timely and most excellent review of the "Facts and Problems of Rabies" has just been issued by the Hygienic Laboratory of the Public Health and Marine-Hospital Service, from which the following statements are selected for the purpose of emphasis: "There has been handed down from the ages, when superstition and ignorance had as yet received but little counterbalancing check from the influence of reasonable or scientific investigation, a mass of erroneous belief which, in its extent and fantastic distortions, probably exceeds that to which any other malady has fallen heir." "There still remain persons who are skeptical concerning, or even deny the existence of, rabies as a distinct disease. If they are fair-minded and possess an average amount of intelligence, a visit to a laboratory where scientific work in this direction is being done will suffice to dispel their objections, even if their faith in human nature is so

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