Tuesday, July 6, 2010

On July 6

On this day in ...
... 1885 (125 years ago today), a "medical revolution began very quietly in Paris" when 62-year-old microbiologist Louis Pasteur injected Joseph Meister, a 9-year-old Alsatian boy (left) (photo credit), whom a rabid dog had mauled 2 days earlier, "with a vaccine not yet tested in humans." It was the 1st of more than a dozen such injections the boy would receive in an effort to counteract rabies, until then a "widely feared and absolutely fatal disease." This rabies vaccine proved a success, and within months word of Pasteur's discovery spread through an unprecedented, global "media bonanza."

(Prior July 6 posts are here, here, and here.)

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