Interesting discussion on rabies, the Wisconsin Protocol, and the six known survivors of rabies infection. While in developed countries rabies is a specter that only rears its head occasionally, rabies still kills 55,000 people worldwide every year (cited from the World Health Organization rabies fact sheet). Vaccination has been the mainstay of prevention and post-exposure prophylaxis, but for those who have been bitten and are showing clinical signs, survival is extraordinarily rare. Again, there are only 6 fully verified survivors of rabies in all of human history (though the article brings up some more possible survivors from history, they still are no more than a handful).
My personal opinion is that the doctors stating their disagreement with the Wisconsin Protocol have an excellent point: especially in developing countries, people should not count on the nebulous hope of treatment for rabies, but should focus all efforts on vaccination or prophylaxis. Even in the US, the Wisconsin Protocol has only saved a few lives, and at massive expense. Counting on a cure instead of proactively vaccinating would indeed lead to more deaths, in my mind.