Science as Autobiography: The Troubled Life of Niels Jern by Thomas Soderqvist, David Mel Paul

By Thomas Soderqvist, David Mel Paul

This biography probes the weird brain, the dramatic existence, and the exceptional medical paintings of Danish-born immunologist Niels Jerne (1911-1994). Jerne’s Nobel Prize-winning achievements within the box of immunology position him within the pantheon of significant twentieth-century biomedical theorists, but his lifestyles may be much more fascinating than his technology. technology as Autobiography tells Jerne’s tale, weaving jointly a story of his existence studies, emotional lifestyles, and terribly inventive medical paintings. A mythical determine who hottest a day of dialog in a Paris wine bar to paintings within the laboratory, Jerne was once popular for his unheard of powers of focus and analytical keenness in addition to his dissonant own lifestyles. The publication explores Jerne the fellow and scientist, making the attention-grabbing argument that his existence adventure and consider of himself turned a metaphorical source for the development of his theories. The booklet additionally probes the ethical matters that surrounded Jerne’s option to sacrifice his relations in prefer of medical ambitions and the pursuit of excellence.

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23 His feelings for her remained. Jeanine was “the only being I have ever loved, who has ever appealed to me and whom, nevertheless, I have pushed away,” he Stylistically, I’m Best at Irony 27 wrote in his diary six months later. For many years, he sent her a bouquet of white roses on the anniversary of their last dance. The meeting with her had been the most important event during the three and a half years from his school graduation in 1928 until he entered the university in 1931. Through his relationship with her, he had made contact with his innermost dreams, his longing for the sublime and his passions; through her reactions he had become more self-aware.

True, he had spent many delightful hours dancing and kissing and being happy in the presence of young women; he had dated “a pretty black girl” with “big soft breasts” that he gladly and often caressed and kissed. ” What was the point of making an exhibition of yourself in the middle of “a partying herd of people,” going to the movies time after time, seeing the same stories, over and over? ”16 When Niels sat in his chamber surrounded by books the little god’s arrows were powerless. His tastes reflected a hodgepodge of authors: Homer, Shelley, Keats, Lord Byron, Dickens, Heine, Hugo, Lamartine, Rostand, Zola, and Joost van den Vondel.

Medical History Museum, University of Copenhagen) cause the Germans . . ” Young Niels Kaj was not able to go home until August 1915, apparently thanks to Hans Jessen’s connections with the German army. Unfortunately, the archive reveals little concerning the child’s long stay in Esbjerg. The stamps in his passport and the official records confirm his absence, but he has no memory of it: “No, nothing that I can clearly distinguish from [later episodes]. . After all . . ” 6 “Give sorrow words,” says Malcolm in Macbeth.

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