Re: Found! "Pasteur recanted" source



Ah, here's something! From
http://forums.randi.org/showpost.php?p=943580&postcount=56 :

As an aside, the purported Pasteur deathbed confession first
appeared in a 1939 biography of Claude Bernard by Leon Delhoume. At
the time of Pasteur's death in 1895, Bernard had been dead almost 20
years & Delhoume was a mere lad of 8 years old & unlikely to have
been in attendance at Pasteur's deathbed.

As the story goes, sometime in the 1960ties, a pharmaacist named
Marie (something or other) found this supposed "lost" book of
Delhoume which "proved" the deathbed confession.

Interestingly, Delhoume's book has never been translated out of the
French into English. so few really know what it says & from what
source Delhoume would have received his "unimpeachable" information.
It would be interesting if someone could translate at least that
portion of the book (it's considered a "rare" book, though certainly
not a "lost" book as many web sites would have one believe).

That person is Marie Nonclerq. From http://www.soiltheory.com/ :

It was in France, in 1984, that I met a pharmacist, Marie Nonclerq,
who after a life spent practising her profession, was spurred to
write an award winning doctoral dissertation under the title:
"Antoine Bichamp [sic], 1816-1908: The Man and the Scientist, and
the Originality and Productivity of his Work "(4).

The disappearance of Rife's microscope, along with most of his
research documentation, constituted what amounted to a lost chapter
in the history of microbiological science.

What Nonclercq had been able to dredge up from the annals seemed to
be no less than a whole lost book.

[snip]

Through a physician in Brittany, Nonclercq came across a thick tome
on the history of a medicine (5) in which she read that, on his
death bed, Louis Pasteur had declared: Claude Bernard war right...
the microbe is nothing, the terrain is everything."

Even if no one can find a copy of Leon Delhoume's book, it must be a
lot easier to get a copy of Nonclercq's doctoral dissertation, which I
assume would have enough quotes from the biography to explain where
Delhoume got his information on the alleged recantation, and why
Vallery-Radot didn't include it in the biography he wrote.
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