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Ernest William Goodpasture Scientist Pathology Vanderbilt University medical school

Ernest William Goodpasture Scientist Pathology Vanderbilt University medical school

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Ernest William Goodpasture

Scientist, Scholar, Gentleman

by Robert D. Collins

From the book's jacket:

Visionary, pathologist, consummate investigator, practical idealist, and gracious colleague, Ernest Goodpasture furthered the cause of humanity through seminal discoveries in the research laboratory and exemplary conduct as an academician.

The chick embryo technique for culturing viruses is Goodpasture's best-known contribution to medical science, for which he earned international renown as well as numerous honors and awards. This landmark discovery led to the development of vaccines for yellow fever, influenza, smallpox, and typhus, while serving as an essential laboratory tool for the study of viral and bacterial diseases for more than a decade. His proudest accomplishment was discovering the viral cause of mumps, a disease known since the time of Hippocrates.

Dr. Goodpasture's accomplishments were a key factor in the success of Vanderbilt Medical School, firmly establishing the legitimacy of this adventure in the merging of university and medicine. He served as dean of the school from 1945 to 1950, a time during which the medical school was severely imperiled by fiscal constraints and the personnel imbalances caused by World War II. His loyalty to the university in this role may well be responsible for the survival of its medical school.

In this thoroughly researched biography, Dr. Robert Collins shares the story of one of the twentieth century's greatest scientists whose work shaped the course of virology and that of Vanderbilt University.


Binding: Hardcover book with dust jacket + Audio cd
Copyright: 2002
Publisher: Hillsboro Press
Numbered pages: 466
Dimensions in inches: Approx. 6 1/4 x 9 1/4

Dust jacket shows surface rubbing/scratching and some edge and corner creasing/wear. Book itself shows light creasing at the head of the spine and light bumping to the bottom right corner. Front board is slightly bowed. Light soiling to edges of text block. CD in back of book is unopened. Text has no notes, underlining, or highlighting. Binding is tight.

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