Noguchi and His Patrons

by Isabel R. Plesset. 315 pages, illustrated. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Box 421, Cranbury, New Jersey 08512. 1980. $25.00

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In his obituary of Noguchi, Theobald Smith (1929, Bull. N.Y. Acad. Med. 2nd ser. 5: 877–886) predicted that he would, “… stand out … clearly as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, figure in microbiology since Pasteur and Koch.” Another giant, William Welch (Ibidem: 884–886) said of him, “Noguchi's fame is secure. He stands now and did stand at the time of his tragic death among the foremost international figures in experimental medince and biological science.” Earlier, he spoke of Noguchi's ingenuity, artistry and personality, “… so simple, sincere and kindly …” Simon Flexner (Science, 1929, LXIX, No. 1800: 653–660), founding Director of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research and brother of the midwife of modern American medical education (Abraham) wrote a biographical sketch as well as a eulogy, ending by predicting that Noguchi's humble birthplace would become a shrine over which, “… the spirit of science will surely hover …” and, “… it will attract worshipers to whom the name of Hideyo Noguchi will be a sacred emblem of love of his fellow man.”