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December 19, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(25):1308. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02431030044012

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Chicago, Nov. 24, 1896.

To the Editor:  —What can be done by the profession, the public, or the authorities to prevent hydrophobia?Two cases of dog bite, one followed by rabies with fatal termination, that have come to my notice recently, have urged me to bring this subject before the medical profession. If these lines open up discussion and stimulate the readers to some activity in the matter, they will have fulfilled their mission.For the history of the case of rabies I am indebted to Dr. J. Johnston Bell. On October 6 of this year the child of F. R., 19 months old, was severely bitten by a strange dog, while playing around its mother in a lot adjoining their home on N. Oakley avenue. Dr. Bell attended to the surgical treatment of the child. As the identity of the canine was not established and no mad dog was

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