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Life of Pasteur Paperback – March 31, 2003

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ISBN-13: 978-0766143524 ISBN-10: 076614352X

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  • Paperback: 508 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (March 31, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076614352X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0766143524
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,073,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edward on October 5, 2011
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In the first half of the 19th Century if a surgical implement was dropped on the floor during a procedure, it was simply picked up and used again. It was this fatal carelessness that Louis Pasteur fought against during his lifelong studies of the dangers of contamination and the acceptance of sterilization. In his "The Life of Pasteur", René Vallery-Radot (who was Pasteur's son-in-law), following the scientific struggle against diseases which made Pasteur a household name, wrote an excellent biography, translated by Mrs Devonshire, a French savante who in her youth married an Englishman. Pasteur's was not an easy struggle. The rejection of the theory of spontaneous generation and the advancement of vaccination, not to mention his experiments on animals, were vigorously debated, and the antagonism Pasteur received was not from the lay world only, but from the professional world also. Medical doctors resented what they considered the interference from a "mere chemist". His great achievements included the saving of the silkworm crop, essential to French economy, and the protection of cattle against the scourge of charbon (anthrax). On a lighter level he sought to make French beer as delicious as German beer, and you have to admire his persistence if not his patriotism. (The word "pasteurization" was first used for beer, not milk.) Only slowly, over decades, were Pasteur's theories accepted, but he never saw this as a personal triumph. Pasteur, according to his biographer, always thought of his successes as for la gloire, the esteem of France. (Incidently, though Pasteur lived through two-thirds of the 19th Century, this book does not offer an overall historical view.Read more ›
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