EUGENE A. HILDRETH, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Rabies was recognized and feared in antiquity. It appears to have been one of the few diseases that did not wait to be discovered by Hippocrates: there is a remarkably accurate description of rabies written in Mesopotamia in 2000 B.C. This excerpt recognizes certain facts related to the transmission and prophylaxis of the disease:
"If a dog is mad and authorities have brought this to the attention of the owner, if he does not keep it in, and it bites a man and causes his death, then the owner shall pay 40 shekels of silver, 15 shekels if a slave."
HILDRETH EA. Prevention of Rabies: Or the Decline of Sirius. Ann Intern Med. 1963;58:883–896. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-58-5-883
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1963;58(5):883-896.
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