Charbon et septicemie. Offprint in printed wrappers.
Discovery of the First Anaerobic Pathogen
Pasteur, Louis (1822-95) & Joubert, Jules Francois (1834-1910). Charbon et septicemie. Offprint from: Comptes rendus de l'Academie des Sciences 85 (1877). 8vo. 24pp. Paris: G. Masson, 1877. 223 x 142 mm. Original gray printed wrappers. Fine apart from insignificant staining.
First Edition. Garrison-Morton 1932.1; 2490. Pasteur and Joubert's paper on anthrax marked Pasteur's full-fledged entry into the domain of medical research. Pasteur and Joubert challenged the experiments performed by Paul Bert, with which Bert claimed to have shown that blood from a diseased animal could produce death even after the anthrax bacteria had been killed with compressed oxygen. Pasteur demonstrated that Bert, using old blood, had confused anthrax with a form of septicemia caused by the previously unknown putrefactive microorganism Cl. septicum -- the first anaerobic pathogen discovered-- which becomes active approximately eighteen hours after death. Pasteur sought to clarify the relationship between anthrax and septicemia, and to demonstrate that Cl. septicum, like the anthrax bacterium, had a dormant spore phase resistant to environmental assault. He also noted the antagonism of Bacillus anthracis to other aerobic microorganisms, thus foreshadowing the development of antibiosis. DSB. Norman 1659.
Edition: 1st edition
Book Id: 2592