Hydrophobia: An Account of M. Pasteur's System (Chapter 1)

Written by Brendon Barnett   
Monday, 20 June 2011 09:11

Rabid Dog in CageSeven years ago, in 1880, rabies or hydrophobia had already been known, dreaded, and studied, in Europe, for more than 2,000 years. Countless authors had written upon it, beginning, so far we can ascertain, with Democritus in the fifth century B.C., down to and including many living men of mark. Yet all our knowledge of it could be summarised in a very few pages. The disease at first circumscribed, to all appearances, within a few limited geographical areas, had, with increasing facilities of intercommunication between nations, gradually spread to nearly every country of the globe, irrespective of latitude or longitude. 1 : raged, with varying intensity, at all seasons of the year, and often assumed the proportions of an epidemic. It. was occasionally met with in herbivorous animals : the ox, the horse, the sheep ; in swine and in birds more rarely ; commonest of all in the carnivora : the cat, the fox, the jackal, the wolf, and the dog. It always originated in the latter — in what manner, spontaneously or otherwise, was not and is not yet known — and spread from them by contact and direct inoculation, by a bite oftenest, to the herbivora and to man.

Bacteria in Relation to Plant Diseases

Written by Erwin F. Smith   
Friday, 03 June 2011 11:26

silkwormAn excerpt from Bacteria in Relation to Plant Diseases, published in 1905

Among the multitude of workers in animal pahtology and bacteriology during the last thirty-five years certain men tower far above the rest, their contributions to science having been more conspicuous and their imprint on their generation more lasting. If France is mentioned, we think at once of Pasteur, Davaine, Duclaux, Metchnikoff, Chamberland, Roux, Nocard, and Chauveau. In Germany we think of Virchow, Cohn, Cohnheim, Koch, Weigert, Nicolaier, Eberth, Gaffky, Hueppe, Flügge, Fraenkel, Pfeiffer, Behring, Ehrlich, and many others; in Japan, of Kitasato and Shiga; in the United States, of Welch, Sternberg, Theobald, Smith, Nuttall, Councilman, and a host of brilliant younger men, many of whom recieved their training under Welch in the Johns Hopkins Pathological Laboratory. England, from which one might have expected so much, has conttibuted comparitibely little, owing probably to the laws in force in that country respecting animal experimentation, laws framed with the intention of doing a kindness to the lower animals, but working, on account of their interference with the pathologist, a distinct detriment both to men and animals, the aim of all animal pathological inquiry being the alleviation of human and animal suffering. In passing we should not forget, however, the contributions of Tyndall and Lister, the one a physicist, the other a surgeon.


Louis Pasteur: A Religious Man?

Written by Brendon Barnett   
Tuesday, 31 May 2011 13:27

Louis PasteurMany have attacked Louis Pasteur as a man who denied God's existence and other's have gone as far to say he was a devout Catholic his whole life. In my humble opinion, he was somewhere in between.Pasteur was a spiritual man and recognized the need for religion, as many times he would rely on faith alone to keep his work going. He trusted that the universe was ordered and organized efficiently and that if he continued to pour his heart into his work, his efforts would not fail him. Because of this, he did not rely on religion and religious dogma to guide his beliefs. He was a man of his work and the work utlimately defined the man. But Pasteur did not hide from religion. In a letter to to his sisters as a young mand he wrote:

If by chance you falter on the journey, a hand will be there to support you. If that should be wanting, God, who alone would take the hand from you, would accomplish the work.

And near the end of his life, in his seventy-third year Pasteur spoke of the end of his journey and how it came to him "in an absolute faith in God and Eternity," and with a conviction that the good given us in this world will be continued here-after.

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Cal Lord: Bill Nye should rethink creationism stance

“There are only two possibilities as to how life arose. One is spontaneous generation arising to evolution; the other is a supernatural creative act of God. There is no third possibility. Spontaneous generation, that life arose from non-living matter was scientifically disproved 120 years ago by Louis Pasteur and others. That leaves us with the only possible conclusion that life arose as a supernatural creative act of God. I will not accept that philosophically because I do not want to believe in God. Therefore, I choose to believe in that which I know is scientifically impossible; spontaneous generation arising to evolution.”

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louis_pasteur_delivering_first_rabies_inoculation_on_joseph_meister_20090420_1148554081Louis Pasteur was a microbiologist and chemist from Dole, France. Learn more about his childhood, history at the university and his ground-breaking work that led to the development of modern medicine. We owe the creation of vaccinations, pasteurization and many more applications of science to Louis Pasteur.

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