Joseph Meister, vers 1885@credits

Joseph Meister (21 February 1876 - 16 June 1940) was the first person to be inoculated against rabies by Louis Pasteur, and the first person to be successfully treated for the infection.
In 1885, nine-year-old Meister was bitten by a rabid dog after provoking it by poking it with a stick. Despite the fact that he could have been prosecuted for practicing medicine without a license as he was not a medical doctor, Pasteur decided to treat the boy with a rabies virus vaccine grown in rabbits and weakened by drying, a treatment he had earlier tried on dogs. The treatment was successful and the boy did not develop rabies.
As an adult, Meister served as a caretaker at the Pasteur Institute until his death in 1940 at age 64. During the Nazi occupation of Paris, he committed suicide by shooting himself with his World War I service revolver.

Joseph Meister, vers 1885@credits

Joseph Meister (21 February 1876 - 16 June 1940) was the first person to be inoculated against rabies by Louis Pasteur, and the first person to be successfully treated for the infection.

In 1885, nine-year-old Meister was bitten by a rabid dog after provoking it by poking it with a stick. Despite the fact that he could have been prosecuted for practicing medicine without a license as he was not a medical doctor, Pasteur decided to treat the boy with a rabies virus vaccine grown in rabbits and weakened by drying, a treatment he had earlier tried on dogs. The treatment was successful and the boy did not develop rabies.

As an adult, Meister served as a caretaker at the Pasteur Institute until his death in 1940 at age 64. During the Nazi occupation of Paris, he committed suicide by shooting himself with his World War I service revolver.

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