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The first part traces the course of events in the life of Calmette. He was born in 1863, was promoted "aide-medicin" at the medical school in Brest in 1883 and served as naval medical officer in the Far East, returning to France in 1887. He became interested in the new science of microbiology, subscribed as one of the first to the Annales de l'Institut de Pasteur, took part in a course under Roux and met Pasteur himself, through whose influence he was sent in 1890 to Indo-China to establish the first colonial microbiologic laboratory at Saigon. Here he prepared vaccines, worked on fermentations, began his investigations of venoms, which he continued under Roux in Paris after his return to France in 1893, and in 1895 he was appointed director of the Pasteur Institute at Lille, where he remained until 1919, carrying on his practical and investigative work as best he
Albert Calmette: Sa vie, son œuvre scientifique. JAMA. 1940;115(4):325. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810300065032
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