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January 1921

Pasteur: The History of a Mind.

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By Emile Duclaux. Translated and edited by Erwin F. Smith and Florence Hedges. Octavo. Cloth. Pp. 363. Illustrated. Philadelphia and London: W. B. Saunders Co., 1920.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1921;27(1):138. doi:10.1001/archinte.1921.00100070141014

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It was an excellent idea of the senior translator to publish this work at this particular time, although the bitter words of Declaux in a letter written in 1882 still have some application. He said: "I know very well that old physicians do not read any more, and when they do read they do not understand. I know that students think only of their examinations, when they think at all." For some years everything except the daily task had to be neglected. Now we should go back to the cultivation not only of technical matters, but of all that gives a wider knowledge of the growth of medical and biologic sciences and of the great men who have had a part in advancing them. Everyone knows that Pasteur was one of the greatest factors in the vast progress of the last fifty years, but what he did and how he

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