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Vaccine Ampoule - Dreyer's Tuberculosis Treatment, 1924 Object Reg. No: HT 3281

Four ampoules of Dreyer's Tuberculosis Vaccine. Used at Commonwealth Serum Laboratories (CSL) Limited, Parkville, Victoria, 1924.

Albert Calmette and Camille Guérin had developed an attenuated bovine-strain tuberculosis in 1906, and it was first used on humans in 1921. Dr Dreyer's treatment vaccine was announced in 1923. It intended to attack the 'germ coating' that prevented the body's own immune system from defeating tuberculosis. Unfortunately it was not until the development of streptomycin in the 1940s and the first oral mycobactericidal drug isoniazid in the 1950s.
Four glass amouples with paper labels, containing clear fluid. Nested in custom cardboard fitting, in cardboard box.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from CSL Ltd (Commonwealth Serum Laboratories), 2004
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 2.70 cm (Height), 5.80 cm (Width), 7.70 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: tuberculosis, vaccines, world war i 1914-1918
Themes this item is part of: Medicine in Society Collection, CSL (Commonwealth Serum Laboratories) Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Medical Research
Tertiary Classification: pharmaceuticals
Inscriptions: Label: Commonwealth of Australia. Department of Health./DREYER'S VACCINE/For the Treatment of Tuberculosis./(A) Strength contains 0.00001 mg. per c.c./Set of 4 x 1 c.c. Ampoules.
Maker: CSL Ltd (Commonwealth Serum Laboratories), Parkville, Victoria, Australia, 06 Feb 1924
References: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_tuberculosis#cite_ref-79 - tuberculosis, cited 20/6/2014
TUBERCULOSIS. (1923, June 25). The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved June 20, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article22635389

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