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Spontaneous Generation and an Eighteenth Century Italian Rabbi-Physician

Katz, Ben Z. MD*,†

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: December 2019 - Volume 38 - Issue 12 - p 1228–1229
doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000002462
History of Medicine
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Spontaneous generation is usually stated to have been laid to rest by Louis Pasteur with his swan-necked flask experiments. However, a century and a half earlier an Italian physician-Rabbi, Isaac Lampronti, was so convinced of the falsity of spontaneous generation that he was willing to overturn Jewish legal precedent.

From the *Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

Division of Infectious Diseases, Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Accepted for publication August 21, 2019.

Address for correspondence: Ben Z Katz, MD, Division of Infectious Diseases, Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, 225 E Chicago Ave, Box # 20, Chicago, IL 60614. E-mail: bkatz@northwestern.edu, bkatz@luriechildrens.org.

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