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February 1951

Louis Pasteur, Free Lance of Science.

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By René J. Dubos. Price, $5. Pp. 418, with 12 illustrations. Little, Brown & Co., 34 Beacon St., Boston 6, 1950.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1951;87(2):327. doi:10.1001/archinte.1951.03810020149024

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Abstract

In this magnificent biography of medicine's most illustrious investigator, Dr. René J. Dubos has recreated the Pasteur legend in a way that should make the spine of every student of the art tingle. By his penetrating analysis of the problems of the last half of the nineteenth century and of the steps by which Pasteur moved from one important phase of his investigations to the next, piling triumph on triumph, Dubos has added to his own scientific and literary stature.

Beginning with the discovery, at the age of 26, of the relation between the crystal morphology of organic solids and their ability to rotate the plane of polarized light, Pasteur was led into a study of the mechanisms of fermentation. It was during his investigations in this perplexing field that micro-organisms claimed his interest, and he was led to the important concept of the life of certain of these "microbes"

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