JAMES M. CLINTON, V.M.D.
Rats are among our most refractory and costly pests. In the early days of the Virginia Colony more than 150 years before the birth of our nation, Captain John Smith recorded (1) that:
In searching our casked corne, wee found it halfe rotten, and the reste so consumed with the many thousand rats, increased first from the ships, that wee knewe not how to keepe that little wee had. This did drive us all to our wits end; for there was nothing in the countrie but what nature afforded.
Nature still affords us a good living, but our 90 million
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CLINTON JM. Rats and the Urban Scene. Ann Intern Med. 1968;69:839–841. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-69-4-839
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