LOUIS PASTEUR - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 11/18/1885 - HFSID 74910
LOUIS PASTEUR This handwritten letter is signed by the French scientist in ink Autograph Note Signed: "L. Pasteur". One page. 4½x3½ card. Paris, France. November 18, 1885. In Full (translated from French): "I have the honor to ask Mr.
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LOUIS PASTEUR This handwritten letter is signed by the French scientist in ink Autograph Note Signed: "L. Pasteur". One page. 4½x3½ card. Paris, France. November 18, 1885. In Full (translated from French): "I have the honor to ask Mr. Fougard to send the carriage, not to the Normal School, but at 18 Rue de Bellechasse, Hotel of the Central Society of Agriculture at 4:30." Earlier in 1885, a woman had brought her nine-year old boy into Louis Pasteur's laboratory. He had been bitten in 14 places by a mad dog just the day before. In July 1885, just four months before writing this note, Pasteur injected his vaccine into the boy who then went through 14 daily injections. The boy went back to Alsace with no sign of disease and Pasteur proclaimed the triumph to the world. He had curative and preventive treatment for hydrophobia in man as well as rabies in dogs. Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) was a chemist and biologist who is considered one of a handful of the most important pioneers of microbiology. His body of work directly led to the development of vaccinations to protect humans from deadly diseases, the invalidation of the spontaneous generation theory of life, and the invention of pasteurization. Pasteurization is the process of heating dairy products to eliminate microbial organisms that can spread disease. Germ theory was already rapidly growing support, but Pasteur conducted controlled experiments from 1860-1864 that investigated germs, disease, and potential causality. These experiments put to rest any further serious opposition to the theory. While Pasteur's influence on microbiology and chemistry stretch far into the sciences, his notoriety today is primarily due to the namesake process of pasteurization used on virtually all dairy products sold in stores. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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