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February 23, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(8):511. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470080033008

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A paragraph is going the rounds of the lay press that, according to the statements of a prominent professor in the University of Chicago, death from rattlesnake bite is a great rarity. He is reported as saying that for twenty years he has sought in vain for an authoritative case of death from that cause, and though many reports have been investigated they have proved unfounded. Only recently has he come upon a genuine case, and it is sufficiently remarkable to make it especially notable as an exception to the general rule or the non-fatality of rattlesnake bite. It is only fair to state, in this connection, that the professor referred to is not a medical man and is not connected with the medical department of the university. This will probably account for the ill success of his researches to discover fatal cases; if he had consulted medical literature or

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