Antoine Lacassagne Collection
The Antoine Lacassagne collection houses records of commissions, congresses, conferences, and symposiums, lectures, correspondence, records of experiments, experimental notebooks, lessons, and reprints of publications by Professor Lacassagne and others documenting their work in the field of radiobiology. A significant portion of the collection contains material showing Professor Lacassagne's research into cancers of different parts of the body and groups of papers concerning various experiments Lacassagne conducted to study the effects of atomic radiation in the treatment of cancer.
- Majority of material found within 1914-1971
Collection is predominately in English with some materials in French.
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15 Linear Feet (15 record boxes)
The Antoine Lacassagne collection houses records of commissions, congresses, conferences, and symposiums, lectures, correspondence, records of experiments, experimental notebooks, lessons, and reprints of publications by Professor Lacassagne and others documenting their work in the field of radiobiology.
Antoine Lacassagne was born in Villerest, France, on August 29, 1884. After receiving a degree in medicine, he held various teaching and research positions at the Pasteur Institute, the Radium Institute, and the College de France. In 1937, he became director of the biological section at the Radium Institute, a position he was to hold until 1955. In addition to serving as honorary director of the Radium Institute (1955-1971), he was a professor of experimental radiology and experimental medicine at the College de France. In 1962, Dr. Lacassagne received the United Nations prize for his study of radiation both as a cancer creating agent and as a means of fighting cancer as well as his study of the role of hormones in the disease. He was a member of various scientific academies, among them the French Academy of Science, the National Academy of Medicine and the Academy of Surgery. As reported by the New York Times, Dr. Lacassagne committed suicide on December 15, 1971 at his home in Paris.
Collection consists of 16 boxes divided into 10 series:
Series I: Commissions, Congresses, and Conferences
Series II: Cancer Research and Radiotherapy
Series III: Bibliography and Experiments
Series IV: Curie Foundation and Radium Institute
Series V: Atomic Radiation
Series VI: Other Papers and Correspondence
Series VII: Reports, Notes, Other Notebooks
Series VIII: Lessons and Lectures
Series IX: Journals
Series X: Reprints of Publications
This collection was obtained through the assistance of Dr. Alexander Hollaender.