|Contribution||b. Lectured in opposition to theory of spontaneous generation.|
|Notes||Famous lecture at the Sorbonne (April 7) decisively repudiating theory of spontaneous generation, and refuting arguments of Pouchet. Included demonstration of his swan-neck flasks. According to Geison, Pasteur held that dusts may carry "the germs of disease and death: thyhus, cholera, yellow fever, and many other plagues." The quote is from Geison, but it is not given by him as a quote from Pasteur. What were Pasteur's actual words?|
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