Spontaneous Generation and an Eighteenth Century Italian Rabbi-PhysicianKatz, 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 Buy Abstract Author InformationAuthors Article MetricsMetrics 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com. Copyright © 2019 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.