Medicine: The Egg & He

The name of Ernest W. Goodpasture is known to few Americans outside the medical profession. But in medicine he is known as one of the greatest pathologists in the U.S. Thirty years in the research laboratory have made him a living legend.

One scientific writer asserts that Goodpasture's development of viruses in chick embryo—which opened the way for large-scale production of vaccines against fowlpox, smallpox, yellow fever, influenza and typhus fever—is "comparable to ... Louis Pasteur's proof of the germ theory." Another has said that he "richly deserved" a Nobel prize. Last week Dr. Goodpasture, pathologist of Nashville's Vanderbilt University, got...

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