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July 19, 1884

Inoculative Protection Against Hydrophobia.

JAMA. 1884;III(3):72-73. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390520016004

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—In the Journal of July 12, under the head of Medical Progress, is an account of a communication by M. Pasteur, concerning his investigations and experiments with the virus of rabies, which is well calculated to create the impression that the diluted virus could be used by inoculation successfully to protect man as well as dogs from liability to attacks of that dreaded disease. In the present number of the Journal our correspondent in Paris refers in his letter to the same subject, mentioning several cases in which the inoculation was tried in patients previously bitten by rabid animals, but which patients all died. Now a medical friend in St. Louis sends us the following item of correspondence, the closing paragraph of which asserts " that the idea of protecting man against hydrophobia by inoculation of rabic virus, has for the present, at least, not been investigated." From these various statements,

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