Louis Pasteur's early days and his contributions to science are dramatically presented. The challenges Pasteur faced from longtime members of the Academy of Medicine in Paris, as he made discoveries they were not progressive and enlightened enough to accept, are tersely enumerated. The case of Joseph Meister, a boy attacked by a rabid dog and treated with a Pasteur vaccine never before tried, is re-enacted. Meister was inoculated over a period of 14 days in 1885 and survived, after which the world paid tribute to Pasteur's "mad science." Toward the end of his life, Pasteur is celebrated and honored by European scientists and the French state. Film skips about one minute in, and it is unclear how much footage is missing.
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Gift; Bert Hansen, Baruch College ; 20171013; Acc# 2017-16.