Reference numberCLP/14i/66
TitlePaper, 'An account of three cases of the hydrophobia' by R [Richard] Mead
DescriptionMead describes three instances of hydrophobia [rabies], the first affecting a boy of nine years, the second a man of 45 years, and a further account observed by an acquaintance of a man of 18 years. The boy was bitten in the face by a rabid dog, and whilst his wound was healed, he eventually developed rabies symptoms and died. The 45-year-old man was bitten by a rabid dog on the finger, becoming ill with rabies ten weeks later. He was bled but to no avail, and also died. The third man was bitten on the hand by a rabid fox, and he began to develop symptoms three months later, also dying of the illness. Mead reports that the surgeons that performed the autopsies on two of the individuals cut themselves during the autopsy, and both developed unusually festering wounds.

Subject: Medicine

Published in Philosophical Transactions as 'An account of three cases of the hydrophobia'.

Read to the Royal Society on 4 January 1709.
Physical descriptionInk on paper
Access statusOpen
Related materialDOI: 10.1098/rstl.1708.0069
Fellows associated with this archive
NA8349Mead; Richard (1673 - 1754)1673 - 1754
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