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Today’s Memory – Victor Babeș

Victor Babeș

4 July 1854, Vienna – 19 October 1926, Bucharest


Victor Babeș was a Romanian physician, biologist, and one of the earliest bacteriologists. He made early and significant contributions to the study of rabies, leprosy, diphtheria, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases.

Attracted by the discoveries of Louis Pasteur, he worked first in Pasteur’s laboratory, and then with Victor André Cornil. In 1885 he discovered a parasitic sporozoan of the ticks, named Babesia and which causes a rare and severe disease called babesiosis, and published the first treatise of bacteriology in the world, Bacteria and their role in the histopathology of infectious diseases, which he co-authored with Cornil.

Babeș’s scientific endeavours were wide-ranging. He was the first to demonstrate the presence of tuberculous bacilli in the urine of infected patients. He also discovered cellular inclusions in rabies-infected nerve cells. Of diagnostic value, they were to be named after him (Babeș-Negri bodies).

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