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Dowdeswell writes: 'Numerous as are the communications upon the subject of rabies, the paucity of experimental investigation is remarkable; the disease has remained for upwards of 2000 years, since the first recorded mention of it by Aristotle, exceedingly obscure in many essential points. The unparalleled and variable length of its incubation period has offered the greatest obstacle to systematic examination; in the words of John Hunter in the last century, “It has defied alike scientific investigation as to its intimate nature, and all remedial measures for its successful treatment.” Lately, however, the results announced to have been attained by M Pasteur, have promised to remove these obstacles, and encouraged research by new methods and with fresh views.'

Annotations in pencil and ink. Includes four plates of anatomical figures.

Subject: Pathology / Virus diseases

Received 9 May 1887. Read 16 June 1887. Communicated by Victor Horsley.

A version of this paper was published in volume 43 of the Proceedings of the Royal Society as 'On rabies'.

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George F Dowdeswell

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