Meister, Joseph

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Meister, Joseph Gender: M
Joseph Jean Baptiste Meister
born on 21 February 1876 at 23:00 (= 11:00 PM )
Place Paris Arrondissement 18, France, 48n5332, 2e2040
Timezone LMT m2e2040 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 02°42' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 24°35 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 03°29'

Joseph Meister (1885 photo)


French animal attack victim who became the first person to be inoculated against rabies by Louis Pasteur, and the first person to be successfully treated for the infection.

In 1885, nine-year-old Meister was badly bitten by a rabid dog. After consulting with Alfred Vulpian and Jacques-Joseph Grancher and obtaining their assistance, Pasteur agreed to inoculate the boy with spinal tissue from rabid rabbits, which he had successfully used to prevent rabies in dogs. The treatment was successful and the boy did not develop rabies.

As an adult, Meister served as a caretaker at the Pasteur Institute until his death in 1940 at age 64. On 24 June 1940, ten days after the German army invaded Paris during World War II, Meister committed suicide with his gas gun.

Meister was played by Dickie Moore in the 1936 film The Story of Louis Pasteur. The story of Meister's potentially dangerous inoculation against rabies by Pasteur was also featured in an episode of the TV series Dark Matters: Twisted But True and the 1974 BBC drama-documentary series Microbes and Men.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • (has as) other hierarchical relationship with Pasteur, Louis (born 27 December 1822). Notes: Physician/ patient
  • role played of/by Moore, Dickie (born 12 September 1925). Notes: 1936 film "The Story of Louis Pasteur"


  • Health : Violent trauma 4 July 1885 (Badly bitten by a rabid dog)
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  • Health : Medical procedure 6 July 1885 (Treated for rabies)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry (no. 685, 18th arr.) from Paris Archives.


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Other Major diseases (Rabies)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Accident/Injury (Bitten by dog)
  • Personal : Death : Suicide
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field
  • Notable : Famous : Newsmaker (Medical history)