Cure for Hydrophobia

M. Louis Pasteur, an eminent French chemist, announces a triumph of science of great importance to mankind. It is a cure or antidote for hydrophobia. He has been studying and experimenting for four years and now confidently proclaims:

“From to-day anybody bitten by a mad dog has only to present himself at the laboratory of the Ecole Normale, and by inoculation I will make him completely insusceptible to the effects of hydrophobia, even if bitten subsequently by any number of mad dogs.” The plan of cure is similar to small pox preventative-vaccination.
M. Pasteur discovered first, in the course of his investigations, that the virus rabique loses strength by transmission through certain animals, and increases in intensity by transmission through other animals. His illustration is in these words, as cabled to the New York Herald:

Saint Louis Pasteur Cures Hydrophobia “I took the virus direct from the brain of a dog that had died from acute hydrophobia. With this virus I inoculated a monkey. The monkey died. Then with the virus—already weakened in intensity—taken from this monkey I inoculated a second monkey. Then with the virus taken from the second monkey I inoculated a third monkey, and so on until I obtained a virus so weak as to be almost harmless. Then with this almost harmless virus I inoculated a rabbit, the virus at once being increased in intensity.
“Then with the virus from the first rabbit I inoculated a second rabbit, and there was another increase in the intensity of the virus. T hen with the virus from the second rabbit I inoculated a third rabbit, the a fourth, until the virus had regained its maximum intensity. Thus I obtained virus of different degrees of power. I then took a dog and inoculated him, first with the weakest virus from the rabbit, then with virus from the second rabbit, and finally with the rabbit virus of maximum intensity. After a few days more I inoculated the dog with virus taken directly from the brain of a dog that had just died of acute madness. The dog upon which I had experimented proved completely insusceptible to hydrophobia. The experiment was frequently repeated, always with the same successful result.”

Pursuing his investigation, and multiplying proofs of the value of his discovery, M. Pasteur inoculated two dogs with equal amounts of virus taken from a dog which had died of acute rabies. One of these he left to its fate, and it went mad and died. The other he inoculated with his antidote virus. Complete cure resulted, and subsequent inoculation with acute virus proved harmless. Of many tests made not one failure resulted. Satisfied that he had made a genuine discovery, M. Pasteur gives it to the public without reserve, stating fully and plainly his processes of investigation and tests. While the similarity of this anti-hydrophobia treatment to that adopted in defense against small pox is striking, this difference is happily noticeable. Vaccination is resorted to guard against small pox. In case of hydrophobia the antidote is applied after the disease has become seated.
It remains for science to bring light an antidote, or cure, for diphtheria.

This article was originally published in the Lewis County Democrat
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