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August 2, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XV(5):184. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410310024004

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The Medical Record calls attention to the increase in hydrophobia scares since the establishment of the Pasteur Institute in New York, and pertinently asks if the aggregate suffering in the community is not increased; granting, even, that the lives of the few undoubtedly infected with rabies are saved.

Fear and expectant attention have had much to do with the spread of epidemics, and in no condition are these factors of more importance than in rabies. The frightful character of the developed disease, the extraordinary symptoms popularly accredited to it, and its certain fatality, make this a disorder that the public should hear least about. Heartily in sympathy as we are with every effort to advance knowledge, and with every honest experiment, we cannot disapprove of the methods of Pasteur, since they have been endorsed by so many eminent in the profession; but we do most earnestly protest against the fanfaronade

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