Lecture Description

In 1885, Louis Pasteur announced his astounding discovery of a method for post-exposure rabies vaccination. Pasteur’s method of preventive hydrophobia treatment soon arrived in the United States, but introduction did not proceed smoothly. The history of Pasteurian rabies vaccination in New York City and the respective fates of different institutional approaches–philanthropic, industrial, and governmental–shed light on the importance of the early pharmaceutical industry in transferring Pasteur’s technique to the United States, and the relationship between private institutions and public health provision in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


Medicine New York

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