Spontaneous Generation and an Eighteenth Century Italian Rabbi-Physician

Ben Z. Katz*

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Spontaneous generation is usually stated to have been laid to rest by Louis Pasteur with his swan-necked flask experiments. However, a century and a half earlier an Italian physician-Rabbi, Isaac Lampronti, was so convinced of the falsity of spontaneous generation that he was willing to overturn Jewish legal precedent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1228-1229
Number of pages2
JournalPediatric Infectious Disease Journal
StateAccepted/In press - 2020


  • Francesco Redi
  • Louis Pasteur
  • germ theory
  • spontaneous generation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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