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May 27, 1968

Rabies of 1968

Author Affiliations

Great Neck, NY

JAMA. 1968;204(9):832. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140220080029

To the Editor:—  This letter concerns your recent editorial, "Rabies 1968 Model" (203:420, 1968). The subject of recovery from clinical human rabies has now reached those columns, and I suspect will become one of the preferred references on this subject. Five articles were listed in the reference cited.1First was an interesting article2 referring to what appears to be antirabies antibody in people who have not had clinical rabies. I am sure that this information would be unacceptable as proof of recovery from clinical rabies. The second article3 can hardly be accepted as anything else but several excellent examples of recovery from rabies hysteria. The most interesting problem arises when one reads the remaining three references.4,5,6 It is immediately apparent that they represent not three new cases of recovery from clinical rabies but three descriptions of the same illness of a single Pittsburgh physician. I