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Viral Incubation in the Vanderbilt Department of Pathology

During Ernest Goodpasture’s tenure as chairman of the Vanderbilt Department of Pathology (1924-1955), his team developed a technique for culturing viruses in chicken embryos. This process, which involved an electric dentist’s drill and standard laboratory instruments, helped develop vaccines that have saved millions of lives around the world. These photographs and artifacts are maintained by the Vanderbilt Libraries’ History of Medicine Collections, located on the third floor of the Eskind Biomedical Library.