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December 15, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(24):1562-1563. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460500048011

Modern scientific medicine is under heavy obligation to Louis Pasteur, not only for many original and illuminating observations, but also for the healthful impetus he gave to careful, painstaking investigation; and in this material age not the least tribute that can be paid his work is the acknowledgement of its intensely practical value. His studies in fermentation and in parasitology opened new avenues of thought and activity, and have led to results far exceeding the most sanguine expectations of his time. His method of treating hydrophobia was long regarded with doubt and suspicion. but the lapse of time has only tended to place it on a firmer basis and secure for it the recognition it deserves. It was, in some respects, next to vaccination for smallpox, the first of the biologic methods of treatment. The evolution of our knowledge concerning hydrophobia is traced in a most interesting manner by Babes