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This is more than a life of Pasteur—it is a history and a description of his work. But little space in the two volumes is devoted to his private life, yet enough to give us a good insight into the man as a husband, father and friend. It is written by his son-in-law and thus has the added value of being authentic and reliable. Pasteur's origin was a most humble one, his father being a tanner and not blessed with much of this world's goods. But he inherited a strong constitution, immense willpower, indomitable courage, and a determination that enabled him to overcome all obstacles when he set out to accomplish a purpose. Yet when he went to Paris at 15 years of age, with the Ecole Normale in view, and entered on his studies in Barbet's preparatory school, he became so homesick that it was necessary to send for
The Life of Pasteur. JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(5):337–338. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480050051022
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