I recall from my history of science that one of Louis Pasteur's assistants accidentally injected rabies virus into his own thigh. I was able to find only two links about this event:
A book called Who Goes First?: The Story of Self-experimentation in Medicine where it states (page 112):
Jacques Grancher, the physician who gave the first injections of the vaccine to Meister, accidentally stuck his thigh with a syringe containing live rabies virus.
Pasteur then immediately gave him rabies vaccine according to this book.
A book called Scary Medical Stories, that didn't give the name of the assistant but gave a similar story:
The needle jabbed into the assistant's leg. Pasteur's vaccine was based on the commonly held theory that resistance to a virus is built up by exposing the body to stronger and stronger doses of that virus. Therefore, the assistant had just injected a rather strong dose of rabies virus deep into his leg. The terrified assistant immediately asked to receive the full treatment.
I find it odd that other historical sites fail to mention what I consider to be a rather important event. Especially if it resulted in several patients being treated at once - not just Joseph Meister.
I don't mean to detract from Pasteur's contribution, but from what I recall, there was considerable debate as to whether young Meister was even eligible for the vaccination. Unlike what is commonly thought, it was not a sure thing he was even infected as the bites had failed to pierce his skin:
My question is: Did Jacques Grancher, MD accidentally infect himself with rabies?