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October 29, 1938

Agostino Bassi in the History of Medical Thought—A. Bassi and L. Pasteur—The Contagium Vivum Theory Throughout the Centuries: Aspects and Considerations

JAMA. 1938;111(18):1690. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790440084042

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The main purpose of this brief historical sketch is to forward the thesis that Spallanzani, Acerbi, Valli and especially Bassi were more important founders of the science of microbiology than were Pasteur or Koch. While some facts concerning their contributions, especially those of Bassi, are certainly not appreciated, the tendency to belittle the contributions of Pasteur, Koch and others is to be deplored and not in keeping with the true scientific spirit. The author has, nevertheless, contributed some interesting facts of historical importance to the subject.

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