Friday, July 6, 2018
On This Day
On July 6th in 1885, French microbiologist and medical trailblazer Louis Pasteur successfully treated 9-year-old Joseph Meister for rabies, which was previously a death sentence, and made vaccination the magic bullet that began to rid the planet of diseases, and spare billions the legacy of millennia of incurable maladies. (Smallpox, once the scourge of humanity and slayer of hundreds of millions since at least 300 BC, was wiped out completely in 1980, solely and entirely by preventative vaccinations of the type pioneered by Pasteur.)
Until college dropout Playmate of the Year and pretend doctor Jenny McCarthy came along 120 years later, and concluded all that medico-sciencey stuff was just a massive plot to give children autism and make pharmaceutical companies rich, or something, giving a lingerie-thin patina of credibility to legions of low-IQ anti-vaxxer whackjobs who got tired of looking for extra-terrestrials, Bigfoot, and the Loch Ness monster, and now have a new hobby to pursue.