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Bechamp or Pasteur?: A Lost Chapter in the History of Biology


Author: Ethel D. Hume

Publisher: CreateSpace


Publish Date: November 2, 2011

ISBN-10: 1467900125

Pages: 352

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

Although this title is old, the two component texts having been first published in 1923 and 1942, this book has not been created by just copying the text and prettying it up for publication as an ebook and a printed book. This, and other books from, have been carefully edited, with the intention of bringing grammar and presentation up to date, and overall a comfortable exercise for the modern reader. There is a type of purist among readers who will not like this, and regard it as taking liberties with the author’s intentions. To those, all I can say is ‘bad luck’ — and if they are really that intent on reading language and grammar which can seem archaic, and wading through paragraphs that go on for pages, as is common with old texts, I can only suggest that they find online versions of the original texts. Of course, my hope is that this new edition of a classic text meets with the reader’s approval, and that the author’s intention is made clearer to the reader in this updated and revised version.
The reader may also be interested in The Blood and its Third Element, by Antoine Bechamp. As it is the last book he wrote, it is a thorough, but technical, discussion of his ideas. It is available in both print and ebook format from
– David Major ([email protected])


A Note from the Publisher
THIS VOLUME CONTAINS new editions of two books which have been available only sporadically in the decades since their publication.
R. Pearson’s Pasteur: Plagiarist, Imposter was originally published in 1942, and is a succinct introduction to both Louis Pasteur and Antoine Béchamp, and the reasons behind the troubled relationship that they shared for their entire working lives.
Whereas Pearson’s work is a valuable introduction to an often complex topic, it is Ethel Douglas Hume’s expansive and well-documented Béchamp or Pasteur? A Lost Chapter in the History of Biology which provides the main body of evidence. It covers the main points of contention between Béchamp and Pasteur in depth sufficient to satisfy any degree of scientific or historical scrutiny, and it contains, wherever possible, detailed references to the source material and supporting evidence. Virtually no claim in Ms Hume’s book is undocumented – to have access to more material, one would need to be able to read French, and go to the original source material.
The reader will soon discern that neither Mr Pearson nor Ms Hume could ever be called fans of Pasteur or his ‘science’. They both declare their intentions openly; that they wish to contribute to the undoing of a massive medical and scientific fraud. The publication of this present edition of their work is undertaken with complete empathy for that intention.
The text of both books has been comprehensively re-edited – for style more than content – the intention being to make for easier reading than the style of language used in the first half of the twentieth century would otherwise allow. I hope that the end result is an improvement, and that the authors would approve. I think they would.
— David Major
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Author’s Preface
IT IS A SERIOUS MATTER to attack the reputation of a famous man, especially one who has posed – and been accepted – as one of the world’s greatest scientists. For many years, Pasteur has been looked upon as a founder and leader in serology; but it is always pertinent to look into the beginnings of any subject on which there is a difference of opinion, with the hope of finding the truth in the matter.
The writer has made an effort in his prior books and pamphlets to show that the germ theory is false, and that illness is practically always due to errors of diet or manner of living , the germs being present solely as scavengers of dead and waste tissues and foods, and not as the cause of the disease .
However, the erroneous belief that germs cause disease and must be controlled or eliminated before it can be cured is so widespread as to close the minds of many people to any other ideas on this subject.
For this reason it seems that a thorough investigation of this idea, the grounds on which it is based – and even the bona fides of those who started it on its way – is necessary before any sane ideas as to the proper treatment of disease can be widely promulgated.
When Ethel Douglas Hume’s Béchamp or Pasteur? appeared in 1923, it seemed to be just the thing that would fill this gap and end the use of serums and other biologicals forever. But it is now 19 years since that book, which should have marked an epoch in the healing arts, was published. It did not receive the attention it deserved in medical circles and, though it is now in its second edition, the medical profession are pushing biologicals harder than ever.
Hence it seems appropriate to go over the subject in order to show the truth regarding the falsity of Pasteur’s ideas and claims to fame, and the fraudulent basis on which the germ theory rests, as was so well shown by Ms Hume in Béchamp or Pasteur?, and to add other facts and statistics that support the idea that the germ theory is false, in the hopes that it may receive wider circulation and more general attention, and possibly lead to a complete overhauling of the question of the treatment of disease, especially regarding serology.
The translations from the French, and other material in Chapters 2, 3, 4 and 5 not otherwise credited, are from Béchamp or Pasteur? by Ethel Douglas Hume.
In closing, I wish to acknowledge my indebtedness to the Reverend and Mrs Wilber Atchison of Chicago for many suggestions and valuable assistance in the preparation of the manuscript. Miss L. Loat, secretary of the National nti-Vaccination League of London, has also been very kind, responding to every request for information with more than could be used, some of it being especially compiled at the cost of considerable effort.
— R. B. Pearson
January 15th, 1942

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