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September 27, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(13):777-778. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480390043012

At the present time no one fully informed and free from prejudice doubts the efficacy of the Pasteur treatment for rabies. In the Pasteur Institute in Paris the number of deaths of the cases treated during the past fifteen years has been less than 1 per cent. For the year 1901 there were five deaths in 1,321 cases treated, that is, a mortality of 0.38 per cent. It is acceded by those especially interested that a more intensive method of treatment than the present is highly desirable in order to avoid the rare failures, and in order, if possible, to achieve better success than now in the cases which come under treatment a long time after the infection. Recently Krasmitski2 has experimented with the intravenous injection of the virus of rabies used for immunization. He finds that such injections are not especially dangerous, provided that the virus is in