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Ioan Cantacuzino, the inventor of the cholera vaccine


Who is he?

  • Ioan Cantacuzino was a well known physician and a bacteriologist.
  • He also taught at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest.

What is he famous for?

  • Cantacuzino is best known for being the founder of the field of microbiology and experimental medicine in Romania and for founding the Ioan Cantacuzino Institute.
  • He has also done extensively research in the field of bacteriology, immunology, epidemiology and social hygiene.
  • His research has contributed to finding treatments for several diseases such as tuberculosis, typhus and cholera.
  • He successfully invented a method for cholera vaccination called the Cantacuzino method that is still used today.
  • In 1913 he managed to save the lives of thousands of Romanians by organising a cholera vaccination campaign.


  • Studied Philosophy  in Paris (1882-1886)
  • Studied medicine in Paris (1886- 1891)
  • Founder of the “ Institute of Serums and Vaccines (1921)




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