Lot 298: German physiologist (1854–1917) who received the first-ever Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1901. ALS in German, signed "Behring," one page, 5.5 x 3.5, April 19, 1895. Letter to African explorer Oskar Borchert, in full (translated): "Just returned, please let me know when and where I can meet you tomorrow morning." In very good condition, with overall foxing and soiling. Behring had discovered the diphtheria antitoxin four years earlier in 1890; in 1895, he took the position of director of the Institute of Hygiene at the Philipps University of Marburg. By this time immunization and treatment with the diphtheria serum was widespread, and the importance of his discovery garnered Behring international acclaim as a savior of children and heroic scientific researcher.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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