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PD: Reproduction of vintage photograph of Louis Pasteur: b. 1822 d. 1895. The type of man that we should devoutly hope would be the hero on the pedestals of the future, rather than politicians and generals who seem to monopolize the scene. It is a sad commentary that the medical profession still has an annoyance that a layman had to set them straight, and convince surgeons that they themselves carried sepsis from wound to wound, and child birth to child birth. As a young student he distinguished himself in chemistry, and began to investigate the world under the microscope. Pasteur proclaimed that the blood of a healthy human, and the juice of a grape contained no bacteria, but break the skin and agents of disease gain entry. He conquered chicken cholera, then attacked the dreaded anthrax disease of cattle, and developed the principles of anti-toxin. It needs no re-telling how he stamped out rabies with this method so that in the terror of dog days no one should suffer its terrible agonies. In 1888 the Institute Pasteur was founded which he considered his greatest triumph, At the close of this founding ceremony he closed with these profound words: " Two opposing laws to me seem to be in contest. One the law of blood and death, opening each day with new modes of destruction, forcing nations to always be ready for war. The other a law of peace, work, and health, whose only aim is to deliver man from the calamites which beset him. Which of the two laws will prevail only God knows." Pasteur died in St. Cloud in 1895. Any and all proceeds from this reproduction shall be donated to (CARE - fighting global poverty ).
September 21st, 2012
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