The Beginnings of Life: Being Some Account of the Nature, Modes of Origin, and Transformations of Lower Organisms [Two Volumes]

Bastian, Henry Charlton

Published by D. Appleton and Company, 1872
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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New York, 1872. 8vo, publisher's red cloth, 475 + 640 + clv pp. First American edition, published the same year as the British edition. A very good set with excellent contents. Some darkening to cloth at spine, light general wear. "In the 1870s the British debate about spontaneous generation was fought in public over the experimental demonstrations of the phenomenon and the standing of the germ theory of disease. Bastian's main opponent was John Tyndall, who gathered increasing support across the scientific community and in the late 1870s enlisted none other than Pasteur in the cause. Bastian mostly fought alone, though he enjoyed the tacit support of many doctors who thought that germs were the result rather than the cause of infectious and septic diseases. With hindsight, it is clear that Bastian's challenges to what became a consensus on the continuity of life and the bacterial causes of disease helped to shape the new orthodoxy. His work led others to the recognition that certain bacteria could survive boiling and to improved sterilization procedures in bacteriological research. Bastian regularly defended his unfashionable views at scientific and medical meetings, and he published extensively. He completed three books on the subject in the 1870s: The Modes of Origin of Lowest Organisms (1871), The Beginnings of Life (1872), and Evolution and the Origin of Life (1874). Quite suddenly, in 1878, Bastian gave up his fight. The main reason was the pressure of his clinical work, though few would have enjoyed the lonely pursuit of what had quickly become unfashionable views." - DNB. Bookseller Inventory # SET3212

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Title: The Beginnings of Life: Being Some Account ...

Publisher: D. Appleton and Company

Publication Date: 1872

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

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