Lot 292: Louis Pasteur

RR Auction

RR Auction

2015-10-29 11:33:30

Lot 292: Interesting handwritten manuscript in French, unsigned, one page, 5.25 x 8.25, no date but probably circa autumn 1881. In part (translated): "Do you know what to us is the charm of your studies? Do you know, if you will allow me to speak thus, what is the enchantment of science? It is that we can provide the proof of our principles. Who can give that, this proof of principles, in politics, religion, even in morals? Who can put into the precision of formulas human passions and their sometimes terrible effects, for example the assassination of a Garfield by a dreadful madman?" In fine condition. Accompanied by one of Pasteur's unsigned calling cards imprinted with his title and address. By 1881, despite the advances by Louis Pasteur and Joseph Lister, germ theory was not entirely understood by the medical community and antiseptics were not in common use. After President James A. Garfield was shot on July 2, 1881, he lay sick on his deathbed for nearly three months of medical treatment. His wounds were exacerbated by the doctors' numerous attempts to locate the bullet as they poked and prodded, contributing to the massive infections that ultimately led to his demise. Doctors and historians alike agree with Pasteur's assessment-infection was a significant factor in Garfield's death and with modern medicine it would have been a non-lethal wound. RR Auction's Fine Autographs & Artifacts Friday, 23rd October 2015 Estimate: $2000-3000
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