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February 25, 1939


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Winter Park, Fla.

JAMA. 1939;112(8):731-732. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.62800080001012a

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A white man aged 41, seen because of a mild digestive upset with vomiting and a generalized headache of twenty-four hours' duration, strangled when he attempted to drink cold water. He stated that he had been bitten on the upper lip twenty-two days before the onset of symptoms by a neighbor's dog while attempting to retrieve his own dog during a fight in which his dog also was bitten. Since both dogs had been vaccinated against rabies six months previously by the single injection method, he did not consult a physician. The neighbor's dog was reported to have been restless for several days. It was confined but escaped and was struck by an automobile. It died, supposedly from injuries, two days after biting the patient. The patient's dog became ill two weeks after the fight and died three days later. Neither dog's head was submitted to the state laboratory for

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