“Isolation and purification of a virus is necessary before a vaccine can be made.” The above statement came from the New York Times obituary of Wendell Meredith Stanley, considered by some to be the “Father of Virology.” While it is technically a correct statement, it really should read: Isolation and purification of the particles believed… Continue reading Further Proof The Influenza “Virus” Was Never Purified and Isolated
When I originally started researching the origins of the supposed isolation of the influenza “virus,” I was not expecting to spend so much time on Thomas Francis Jr. It became evident, however, that throughout the early flu research of the 1930’s and 40’s, Francis Jr. was “Mr. Influenza.” It was also apparent that his research… Continue reading Thomas Francis Jr.’s Flu Review (1937)
In 1937, a few years after Smith, Andrewes, and Laidlaw supposedly isolated influenza A in 1933 and after Thomas Francis Jr. supposedly isolated it in 1934, Francis Jr. once again claimed to have the direct isolation of influenza A “virus,” this time in tissue culture medium and on an egg membrane. Or at least that… Continue reading Did Thomas Francis Jr. Isolate Influenza A in 1937?
“Epidemiology must constantly seek imaginative and ingenious teachers and scholars to create a new genre of medical ecologists who, with both the fine sensitivity of the scientific artist, and the broad perception of the community sculptor, can interpret the interplay of forces which result in disease.” —Thomas Francis, Jr. After the British trio of Smith,… Continue reading Did Thomas Francis Jr. Isolate Influenza A in 1934?