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July 3, 1915


JAMA. 1915;LXV(1):30. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580010038014

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July 4, 1885, Joseph Meister, an Alsatian boy 9 years of age, was severely bitten by a rabid dog. This was the first human patient on whom, July 6, 1885, Louis Pasteur used the protective treatment for rabies which he had proved on animals. In a delightful little volume entitled "Pasteur and After Pasteur," Stephen Paget has well said that there ought to be a calendar of the healing art to remind us of all such days. In these turbulent times when men and nations are gaining everlasting reputations in the death-dealing art, when the names of great generals and brave admirals are on the lips of old and young alike, it is fitting that we should recall the glory of those who have succeeded in the beneficent work of rescue and in preserving rather than destroying life.

The story of Pasteur's great accomplishment in effecting the cure of rabies

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