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Reports of Visits to Foreign Laboratories, vol. 7 (1932-33) [Illustrated Typoscript in 7 volumes] Reproduced with the kind permission of Dr. Cecil E. Leith
Benedict, Francis Gano
Carnegie Snake Authority 
Talks Tomorrow in Paris 
Paris scientific authorities this week 
will hear results of 16 years of ex¬ 
periments by an American inquirer in 
a branch of medical science never 
studied by any other man—the patholo 
gical relations between snakes and hu¬ 
This unique scientist is Francis G. 
Benedict, of the Carnegie Institute, 
who lias concluded his researches with 
contributions regarded by medical men 
as being of fundamental value. 
He has been lecturing on the subject 
in the chief European universities. To- 
Professor Benedict when seen last even¬ 
ing. That is the Carnegie Institute’s 
research establishment in Vila street, 
Boston, where the scientist and his 
assistants have conducted dangerous ex¬ 
periments on boa constrictors, pythons, 
rattlesnakes and other serpents for the 
advancement of medicine. 
While remarking that ‘‘only ex¬ 
haustive scientific dissertation” could 
explain results of the highly complex 
experiments, Professor Benedict stated 
that his long study disclosed “important 
indications for metabolism research,” 
aiding medical science in its under¬ 
standing of human pathology. 
One of the most significant results 
of his researches was comparative ex¬ 
periments in which the temperatures 
of ordinarily cold-blooded snakes were 
raised to human fever degrees. With 
the aid of Dr. Raymond Ditmars, New 
York Zoo curator, rare specimens of 
serpents approximating human beings 
in weight were obtained for study. Fre¬ 
quently, Dr. Benedict and his assistants 
were in danger during their work 
Speaking a layman’s language, Profes¬ 
sor Benedict pointed out:— 
“There’s no truth in the Bible’s asser¬ 
tion as to the wisdom of the serpent, 
file snake is probably the dumbest of j 
God s creatures. But study of its eu-1 
nous and obscure relationship to the 
internal changes of the human body 
has given us fundamental aid in our 
knowledge of man’s physical being.” 
Snakes are good to eat—for some 
people, the scientist stated. “The Aus¬ 
tralian bushman, who has a hard time 
finding sustenance, eats snake-meat 
with relish. It agrees with him and 
provides him with almost the only pro¬ 
tein in his diet.” 
Francis G. Benedict. 
morrow at 4 p.m. he will speak at the 
Faculté de Médecine and February 7 
at 8.30 p.m. at the Collège de France. 
A story of one of the most curious 
laboratories in existence was told by


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