ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF NEUROLOGY BELIEVED HE WITNESSED THE SPONTANEOUS GENERATION OF LIVING ORGANISMS AND WROTE: THE EVOLUTION OF LIFE.
HENRY CHARLTON BASTIAN SIGNED QUOTE, “H. Charlton Bastian”, on a card 4 x 2, by the British physiologist, neurologist, was a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, professor of Clinical Medicine at University College London, and then became a physician at the National Hospital for the Paralysed and Epileptic. He was an advocate of archebiosis (the study of the initial formation of living matter on earth), and believed he witnessed the spontaneous generation of living organisms (the body of thought on the ordinary formation of living organisms without descent from similar organisms). His support for spontaneous generation is known to have developed from his commitment to the then new evolutionary science of Charles Darwin. But a strong disagreement over Darwinism created two opposing factions. Thomas Huxley led the anti Bastian faction. Even still, Bastian has come to be seen as a serious Darwinian scientist who led the minority faction in one of the outstanding schisms in evolutionary science during the first twenty years after On the Origin of Species. His handwritten Alfred Tennyson quote, in full: “Because right is right; to follow right; Were wisdom in the scorn of consequence.” In fine condition, with minor age toning and the date, “1905”, in another hand lower left.