Science Volume 7

Science Volume 7

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...On the other hand, the number of persons who are actually bitten by dogs which, for aught they know, might have been rabid, is very great. It is certainly to be estimated by thousands, and perhaps by tens of thousands. It becomes apparently much greater when, as during the past year, the public mind is excited on the subject. In such a case it is difficult to ascertain, to the entire satisfaction of the injured person, that any dog which may have bitten him was not rabid. The result is, that it is rarely possible to select any injured person as probably being inoculated with rabies. Of the persons brought into an institute for treatment, it may be assumed that only a small percentage would, under any circumstances, develop the actual disease. Pasteur's supposed success cannot, therefore, be established as a fact until we have more complete evidence of the circumstances attending the injuries, and especially of the rabid character of the animals which have bitten his patients. Even of the well-established cases of bites by rabid dogs, only a minority ever develop into actual rabies, and this minority may require many months for the graver symptoms to appear. The first certain conclusion must therefore be founded on statistics in which the evidence that the animal was rabid shall be conclusive, and in which every result shall be included. A table showing the termination of all cases treated, and of all similar cases not treated, will ultimately be conclusive, and nothing less will serve the purpose. The efficacy of the treatment cannot be disproved by occasional cases of failure, unless it is shown that these cases approximate in number those in which no fatal symptoms are ever developed. This also must depend upon the results of more

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  • Paperback | 510 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 26mm | 903g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236780256
  • 9781236780256