This volume contains new editions of two books which have been available only sporadically in the decades since their publication. R. Pearson’s 'Pasteur: Plagiarist, Imposter' was originally published in 1942, and is a succinct introduction to both Louis Pasteur and Antoine Béchamp, and the reasons behind the troubled relationship that they shared for their entire working lives.
Whereas Pearson’s work is a valuable introduction to an often complex topic, it is Ethel Douglas Hume’s expansive and well-documented 'Béchamp or Pasteur? A Lost Chapter in the History of Biology' which provides the main body of evidence. It covers the main points of contention between Béchamp and Pasteur in depth sufficient to satisfy any degree of scientific or historical scrutiny, and it contains, wherever possible, detailed references to the source material and supporting evidence.