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Thanks to science, Louis Pasteur saves a child from a terrible disease: rabies

Rabies is a terrible disease. For centuries, it has terrorized humans. The virus is transmitted by bite and the symptoms are frightening. For example the patient is afraid of water. For a long time we did not know how to fight against this disease, sometimes trying terrible remedies, such as dipping the patients in the sea to create a shock, to those who were afraid of water. Then came Louis Pasteur...


A boy bitten by a rabid dog

On July 4, 1885, in Alsace, Joseph Meister, 9 years old, was on his way to school when a dog jumped on him and bit him several times. The dog probably had rabies. A deadly and terrible disease that drives you crazy before killing you. This doctor, who treats the child, knows well the work of the already famous doctor Pasteur who worked on several vaccines. He has recently been experimenting with a vaccine against rabies, which is not yet complete. 

And a vaccine never yet used on human beings

No matter, everything must be done to save Joseph. A few days later, the boy is received by Mr. Pasteur who has developed a vaccine that allows to fight against rabies after the bite, but it has never been tried on humans. Vaccinated all the same, Joseph Meister becomes the first human being to be saved from rabies. The good news made the headlines. A subscription is launched to help finance further work, which will lead to the creation of the Pasteur Institute. Joseph Meister will continue his life and will never leave his benefactor for a long time, as the guardian of the Pasteur Institute. 

The name Pasteur is present everywhere in France. 

Died in 1895, Louis Pasteur gave his name to a crater on the Moon and on Mars. 361 schools and 2020 arteries bear the name of this scientist who changed the face of the world and helped eradicate many diseases.

Continuing the work of Monsieur Pasteur

In France, the Pasteur Institute continues the scientific work of Louis Pasteur. Created by public subscription in 1888 after the success of the rabies vaccine, the Pasteur Institute was at the origin of major scientific and medical discoveries such as the discovery of H.I.V. (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and actions to fight diphtheria, yellow fever and the plague. Since 1908, 10 Nobel Prizes in Medicine have been awarded to doctors who worked at the Pasteur Institute. 

You can help the Institut Pasteur by making donations here


In the footsteps of Louis Pasteur 

To follow in the footsteps of Louis PASTEUR, you can go to Dole in the Jura in Franche-Comté. You can discover the house where he was born and that he insisted on keeping as an adult. It is located quai des tanneurs. You can visit it. 

The website is here.

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Jérôme Prod'homme

Jérôme Prod'homme

Jérôme is "monsieur de France" the author of this site. 

Jérôme Prod'homme

Jérôme Prod'homme

Jérôme is "monsieur de France" the author of this site.