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June 8, 1946

Pensée de Pasteur

JAMA. 1946;131(6):567. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870230073029

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Abstract

With sympathy and a delicate touch, the life and mind of Pasteur are sketched from the time when the sensitive boy of 13 divided his interest between his studies and his portraits in pastel of Arbois neighbors through the labors and triumphs of his work on fermentation and infectious diseases, the establishment of the germ theory and the development of vaccine therapy: labors only partly interrupted by the attack of paralysis which seemed to threaten his career at its height. But this is not a recital of dramatic success; the author's affectionate admiration is compelled by the character of the man, his lovingkindness, his determination, his invincible integrity, his deeply religious outlook in science and life alike. "My philosophy is all of the heart and not of the mind." The relentless investigator who asked for eloquence in facts and not in words masked the devoted son and the tender father;

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