Make an Offer Today and Get a Quick Response! Take a Look at This Week's Specials! PIERRE CHARLES-ALEXANDRE LOUIS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/22/1869 - HFSID 44424. PIERRE CHARLES-ALEXANDRE LOUIS Letter in French by the pioneer of now standard medical practices, endorsing the idea of a prize in honor of English neurologist Marshall Hall Autograph Letter signed: " Louis", 3 pages (integral leaf), 5¼x8¼.
In French, loosely translated: Sir, Circumstances independent of my will impeded a prompt reply to the letter which you did me the honor of sending on the subject of the prize you have established to honor the memory of my excellent friend Marshall Hall. I regret very much the delay, caused by dealing with serious illnesses, and you can count me among your subscribers.The most important achievement of the life of M. Was to advance the study of the nervous system. Please accept, Sir, the expression of my warmest sentiments and my highest regard. His greatest contributions, however, were to medical procedures.
He pioneered the "numerical method" of assessing treatments by success rates in large numbers of cases, a new standard practice resisted at the time. He understood the need to control for age, diet and other factors in analyzing these statistics.
Anyone who has ever filled out a form in a doctor's office will recognize another contribution: the now standard practice of obtaining patient medical histories. Louis's medical students included Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. A Marshall Hall Prize for scientific discovery was established, and awarded every five years through 1911. See more material from these signers. See more listings in our SCIENCE & MEDICINE (1,236).Please note that this is an authentically signed item. We do not sell autograph copies or signature reprints.
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