pasteurism


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pasteurism

(ˈpæstəˌrɪzəm; -stjə-; ˈpɑː-)
n
1. (Medicine) a method of securing immunity from rabies in a person who has been bitten by a rabid animal, by daily injections of progressively more virulent suspensions of the infected spinal cord of a rabbit that died of rabies
2. (Medicine) a similar method of treating patients with other viral infections by the serial injection of progressively more virulent suspensions of the causative virus
Also called: Pasteur treatment
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In addition, the handbooks of hygiene turned out by physicians of the Seine-et-Oise and used in the schools in the second half of the century may have helped inculcate views on health and disease more compatible with those of the medical profession; and starting in the 1880s, the successes of Pasteurism enhanced the popular prestige of medicine as a whole.