“HURRAY FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DEFENDERS OF LAW AND FREEDOM AGAINST GERMAN BARBARISM”
ALPHONSE LAVERAN (1845-1922) SIGNED NOTE, “A Laveran”, on a card 4.25 x 2.75, 14 July 1917, Paris, by the French physician who won the 1907 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discoveries of parasitic protozoans as causative agents of infectious diseases such as malaria and trypanosomiasis (African sleeping sickness). In 1896 he joined the Pasteur Institute and used half of his Nobel Prize money to establish the Laboratory of Tropical Medicine at the Institute. He was elected President of the French Academy of Medicine in 1920. His handwritten note in French was written during the height of WWI, translation in full: “Hurray for the United States of America defenders of law and freedom against German barbarism.” France had to mobilize and prepare its armed forces for battle and the first troops of the U. S. Army arrived in June 1917 to help, just a few weeks before Laveran wrote this note. In fine condition, with minor age toning.