History of Vaccines Blog

Student Documentary of Louis Pasteur and the Rabies Vaccine

March 31, 2019

Video of the Week: Crazy History Lesson from National Geographic

November 15, 2018

This quick video (under 1 minute) sums up the history of the rabies vaccine. Did you know that Louis Pasteur was not a physician? Can you imagine a non-physician today administering an experimental vaccine in his own private lab?

History of Vaccines by Wistar Institute President

October 1, 2012

Philadelphia is an excellent place to learn about the history of vaccines, and The Wistar Institute, the country’s first independent biomedical research facility, is in great part responsible for this rich history. On Friday, September 28, Wistar Institute President and CEO Russel E. Kaufman, MD, spoke to a group of Wistar Institute friends and donors at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

Rabies in the Summer

May 23, 2012

Foxes and other wild animals may carry rabies. Jans Canon via Flickr, CC by 3.0Memorial Day is the traditional start to the summer season in the United States. While having fun and being with friends and family are always at the top of the list of things to do during summer, being safe and staying healthy should also be on our minds. There are some things to be mindful of when heading outdoors to parks and forests.

Louis Pasteur and the Pleasures of Art

September 17, 2015

Pasteur portrait and inscription, The Historical Medical Library of The College of PhysiciansLast night I had the pleasure of attending a talk here at the College by Bert Hansen, PhD, Professor of History Baruch College, City University of New York.

Ebola Vaccine with Philadelphia Roots Moves Toward Human Trials

September 24, 2014

E. Ervin, CDC/VSPP, 14 Sep 2014On Monday, September 22, in Philadelphia, Matthias J.