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Louis Pasteur and the invention of vaccines

Posted in Animals, Anniversary, Medicine on Saturday, 26 June 2010

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Louis Pasteur checking the results of his experimental vaccine. Illustration by Peter Jackson

6 July is the anniversary of the successful testing by Louis Pasteur of a vaccine against rabies. In 1885, Pasteur treated a 9-year-old boy named Joseph Meister after he had been mauled by a rabid dog. The boy did not contract rabies.

Pasteur’s programme of innoculation had first attracted attention when he used vaccines to stop cholera and anthrax amongst farm animals in the 1870s. His invention of a method to stop milk and wine causing illness is still known today as pasteurisation.

Many more pictures relating to Louis Pasteur can be found here. A far broader range of pictures relating to medicine can be found at the Look and Learn picture library, as can many more illustrations by artist Peter Jackson.

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