Jamsetji and Haffkine

How did one of India’s foremost industrialists cope with the plague and the (then) new-fangled vaccine discovered by Dr Waldemar Haffkine in the last years of the 19th century? Very enthusiastically, notes biographer Frank Harris in Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata - A Chronicle of His Life. Harris noted that Jamsetji "who at once recognized the value of the new cure,” became one of Haffkine’s "warmest supporters,” even getting himself "inoculated more than once, and was always prepared, if necessary, to submit to a further dose.” Reportedly, the industrialist "studied every book and every pamphlet which he could acquire, bearing upon the various......

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