William Osler


From LOUIS PASTEUR AND PROHIBITION, 1927 by Cassius Jackson Keyser

When Louis Pasteur, son of a humble tanner, was a young student in the École Normale, far from home,in the "wicked" city of Paris, he received the following letter from his father :

"Tell Chappuis"—Chappuis, a student of philosophy, and young Pasteur were chums—"Tell Chappuis that I have bottled some 1834 bought on purpose to drink the health of the École Normale during the next holidays. There is more wit in those 100 litres than in all the books on philosophy in the world, . . . Mind you tell him we shall drink the first bottle with him. Remain two good friends."

After the great man died at the age of more than three score years and ten, William Osler, Regius Professor of Medicine in the University of Oxford, wrote of him :

"He was the most perfect man who has ever entered the Kingdom of Science."

Pasteur said of his father :

"For thirty years I have been his constant care, I owe everything to him."

If, in addition to his great native gifts, Louis Pasteur had had the precious fortune to be the son of an ardent prohibitionist, or to have been educated by one, he might have been able to render as great service to humanity as William Jennings Bryan or even William H. Anderson.

( Mole Philosophy and Other Essays, New York : Dutton 1927. )
The Collected Works of Cassius Jackson Keyser, Vol. II.
New York : Scripta Mathematica 1952, p. 219.


Selected bibliographic ( University of California http://melvyl.cdlib.org )

Author Osler, William, Sir, 1849-1919. Title Michael Servetus [microform] / by William Osler. Publisher London : Oxford University Press, 1909. Description 35 p., [9] leaves of plates : ill. ; 23 cm. Series ATLA monograph preservation program ;ATLA fiche 1991-3377. ISBN 0524078300 (microfiche) Language English

Author Osler, William, Sir, 1849-1919. Title Michael Servetus. Publisher Baltimore, 1910. Description 11 p. illus. Series Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. Bulletin.v. 21, no. 226 Language English

( Los Angeles Public Library http://www.lapl.org )

Author Osler, William, Sir, 1849-1919. Title(s) Michael Servetus. Publisher Lond., Frowde, 1909. Paging 35 p. illus., facsims. 23 cm. Subject Headings Servetus, Michael, 1511?-1553. [copy apparently lost (WPT)]


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