M. Pasteur and Hydrophobia

Originally published in Science magazine, Vol. 16, No. 388 (Jul. 11, 1890), pp. 23-25 IT is now five years since M. Pasteur introduced to the medical world his alleged cure for hydrophobia. If his much-vaunted discovery possesses all the merits which have been claimed for it, he has earned a fair title to the gratitude of mankind. If, on the ...

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Beer, Yeast, and Louis Pasteur

Le Pasteur advertising newspaper

Originally published January 24, 2014 by the US National Library of Medicine Circulating Now welcomes guest bloggers Diane Wendt and Mallory Warner from the Division of Medicine and Science at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. As curators of our most recent exhibition, From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry, Diane and Mallory spent months researching ...

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Louis Pasteur, the Father of Immunology?

Pasteur conducting germ theory experiment in his laboratory

Originally published April 10, 2012 by the US National Library of Medicine INTRODUCTION As a student of immunology, I learned that Louis Pasteur was really the father of immunology, despite Edward Jenner’s pioneering introduction of vaccination to prevent smallpox in 1798 (Smith, 2011). Although successful, Jenner’s experiments led to no understanding as to how immunity develops. By comparison, in addition ...

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Pasteur’s Treatment for Hydrophobia

Dog Cage Used for Rabies Tests

Originally published in The British Medical Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1366 (Mar. 5, 1887), pp. 532-534 At a recent meeting of the Académie de Médecine, M. Grancher replied, int he name of M. Pasteur, to the allegations of M. Peter respecting hte death of a patient suffering from hydrophobia. The patient in question had received nineteen inoculations, and not thirty-six, ...

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Pasteur: High Priest of Microbiology

Pasteur, Metschnikov, and the four boys from Newark treated for rabies

Wherever he turned, Pasteur brought great insight to benefit humanity Robert I. Krasner, 1995 This year marks the centennial of Louis Pasteur’s death, occasioning a series of events organized by UNESCO and the Pasteur Institute to celebrate his many contributions. When one thinks of the famous names associated with the history of medical science, certainly Pasteur ranks among the greatest. ...

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Recent Research on Louis Pasteur’s Connections with the Fine Arts

Pasteur: Dessins et Pastels

by Bert Hansen, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of History Baruch College of CUNY It has long been known that Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) took art lessons as a teenager. About thirty of his drawings, pastels, and lithographs have survived. Most of them are portraits of family, friends, and people in his town. But he stopped this work at age nineteen, and as ...

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Virchow’s Cell Theory vs Pasteur’s Germ Theory

Illustration of Virchow's Cell Theory

Originally published online by with Richar G Fiddian-Green on CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal, September 3, 2004 The Germ Theory was formulated by Louis Pasteur along with Robert Koch. The Germ Theory of disease states that “a specific disease is caused by a specific type of microorganism.” The theory gained strong support from the Viennese obstetrician, Dr. Ignac Semmelweis, who ...

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Virchow and Pasteur

Rudolf Virchow

Originally published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, Volume 57, Number 15, 1911, p. 1225 To the Editor: –All those who relish rich and lofty natures, great characters who have marked their impress on a whole generation, and left of their passage a trace that time shall not obliterate, will have read with interest and emotion your editorial ...

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