Washington University School of Medicine Oral History Project

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Pasteur Institute, Paris, France
Unidentified subjects in front of the Pasteur Institute, located in Paris, France. The Institute, inaugurated on November 14, 1888, was built from public contributions from around the world. The Institute was created to allow Louis Pasteur to expand vaccination against rabies, to develop the study of infectious diseases and to spread his knowledge to other scientists. Pasteur brought together scientists with various specialties and backgrounds to study the same material from a variety of angles. The contributions of the Institute over the years have furthered knowledge and treatment of rabies, the plague, diphtheria, tetanus, typhus, yellow fever, tuberculosis, poliomyelitis, hepatitis B, and AIDS.