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.

Physical Description

Four glass amouples with paper labels, containing clear fluid. Nested in custom cardboard fitting, in cardboard box.


Early example of tuberculosis vaccine

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