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พฤหัสบดี, 18 มิถุนายน 2009
George Martin Baer 1936-2009 Bangkok rabies scientists are very sad to have received the news of George Baer's  death.  I first met George at Atlanta in 1984 while, together with Richard Mahoney,  on an extensive study tour of rabies research centers in the US, Europe and Asia with a grant from US-AID and the PATH Foundation of Seattle.  We were then interested in replacing the neural tissue derived rabies vaccines,  used for the public sector in Thailand and neighboring countries, with an affordable tissue culture product.  George, together with his friends at the Wistar Institute,  (Hilary Koprowsky, Charles Rupprecht, Daniel Fischbein, Jean Smith, Hildegund Ertl and Bernard Dietzschold) put us on the right track by introducing us to Olaf Treanhart of Essen,  Piere Sureau at the Institute Pasteur,  David and Mary  Warrell  at Oxford University.  Their support led to the introduction of the reduced cost, safe and effective intradermal post-exposure rabies vaccination methods and the introduction of Praphan Phanuphak's  economical Thai Red Cross post-exposure regimen and its 1992 approval by WHO.  Nerve tissue derived Semple-type and Suckling Mouse Brain vaccines were soon banished from Thailannd. Moreover, Bear and other colleagues from France, Switzerland, Wistar, WHO-Geneva and the US-CDC formed a close working relationship with the growing Thai rabies research community that led to the appointment of two WHO collaborating centers at Bangkok. I was a house guest at the Atlanta Baer residence, lastly some time in the late 1980's, and can vividly remember the visit with great pleasure. George was much more than just an outstanding scientist.  He spoke fluent French, German and Spanish and often acted as chairman, translator and interpreter at international conferences; always with tact and humor.  He also had a profound knowledge of art, literature, international politics and even music. His family dinner table resounded with discussions of all kinds of topics that often changed from English to German and Spanish in which his family was equally fluent and which they used casually and alternatingly at home.  George truly was one of the "Greats" of rabies and a good friend to many colleagues.  They and his many students from around the world will miss him greatly.  

Henry Wilde

Bangkok, Thailand

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