Can Louis Pasteur's dog vaccine save nine-year old Joseph Meister? Savagely bitten 14 times by a rabid dog, Joseph is sure to die in agony from rabies. His desperate mother brings him to Pasteur's laboratory on July 6, 1885, and begs the famous French scientist to use his new rabies vaccine on the boy. But the vaccine has been tested only on dogs. If it doesn't work and the boy dies, Pasteur could be arrested for murder. But if he doesn't use it, Joseph will die anyway. The rabies vaccine was the culmination of Pasteur's years of pioneering work on the Germ Theory of Disease.Today, everyone knows about germs, microscopic organisms that cause disease. But in Pasteur's time, most people, including doctors, either refused to believe that such tiny creatures could hurt us, or simply didn't believe they existed. Pasteur proved that germs are everywhere, even in the air we breathe. He showed how they spread and caused disease. And he developed vaccines against them - first, for chicken cholera and the anthrax that killed so many sheep and cows. Then he moved on to rabies: Pasteur wanted to use this vaccine first for animals and then adapt it for humans. If he could make one vaccine work on humans, then others could be developed for other diseases. But now, he had a crisis on his hands.Find out what happened to Joseph Meister and Pasteur in this vivid story of a poor boy from a small village who became one of history's most renowned scientists. Using quotes from letters, diaries, newspapers, and journals of the time, author E.A.M. Jakav takes you along with Pasteur as he fights the ignorance and prejudices of the scientific community, tracks down deadly microbes, develops vaccines, and by "Curing 'Sick' Wines" and "SAving Diseases Silkworms" also single-handedly saves two of France's most important industries.
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Can Pasteur's dog vaccine save young Joseph Meister from a horrible death from hydrophobia? Hydrophobia--or rabies--victims die in a frenzy of saliva-filled throat spasms and uncontrollable fits of rage. Would this be the fate of young Joseph? Only time would tell as Louis Pasteur administered his dangerous vaccine, heretofore tested only on rabid dogs. Without the vaccine, the boy would surely die but, if the vaccien did not work and the boy were to die in the hands of Pasteur, Pasteur could be hanged for murder. Louis Pasteur follows the story of Pasteur from this pivotal moment in his career, through his amazing discovery of the fact that germs cause disease, to his development of rabies and anthrax vaccines. All subsequent vaccines that we use today are based on his original theories. Written in a dramatic style, using first hand accounts of the true story of "killer germs" and the man who fought them single-handedly.About the Author:
E.A.M. Jakab has written both fiction and non-fiction for both adults and young adults. The Bank Street College of Education was founded in 1916 in New York City under the name, the Bureau of Education Experiments. Known throughout the world as "America's most trusted name in early childhood education," its mission is to make learning meaningful for all children.
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Book Description McGraw-Hill, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0071343342
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