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.
- 1900-1994 (Bulk 1914-1971)
Collection is predominately in English with some materials in French.
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16 Linear Feet
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 sixteen boxes divided into ten series: Series I: Commissions, Congresses, and ConferencesSeries II: Cancer Research and RadiotherapySeries III: Bibliography and ExperimentsSeries IV: Curie Foundation and Radium InstituteSeries V: Atomic RadiationSeries VI: Other Papers and CorrespondenceSeries VII: Reports, Notes, Other NotebooksSeries VIII: Lessons and LecturesSeries IX: Reprints of PublicationsSeries X: Other Items
This collection was obtained through the assistance of Dr. Alexander Hollaender.