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Lot 304

LISTER, Joseph. A significant Autograph Letter Signed 'Joseph Lister' to Dr. W.Bullock, discussing in detail the production of diptheria serum, its price, and the quantities in each bottle. 3 pp. 6 x 4 inches, unsightly tears at the head of each page (but without loss), otherwise good. 12 Park Crescent, 17 July 1896. Joseph Lister (1827-1912), surgeon, whose work introduced the antiseptic system into modern surgery, and who developed a commercial serum therapy against diptheria. His correspondent is Dr W. Bullock, head of the Serum Department at the British (Jenner, and later Lister) Institute of Preventive Medicine (founded by Lister and others), and subsequently Professor of Bacteriology at the London Hospital Medical School. ''Before writing to Sir H.Rosen regarding the price to be charged for the diptheria serum, I want to know from you again (for it has slipped my memory) how many cubic centimetres your 1000 units go into. You and I agreed that 2s. would be a proper price to charge for 1000 immunising units, but I do not recollect what bulk of the serum contains that number, I see Behring's 1000 units are in 2cc. Of course I know that what we propose to do is to state in each bottle the number (1000) of units it contains, not the bulk of the serum. But I should like to know what bulk your 1000 units occupy with your present serum. May I trouble you to let me know by return of post. Yours very truly, Joseph Lister. Am I not right in thinking that you consider 1000 units a single dose?''. SIA..
Hammer: £400