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With a Letter from Ernst Haeckel
Introduction by Abraham Jacobi
CT CC 2001/Gift
To Ernst Haeckel
It is with pleasure that I avail myself of your permission to dedicate my book to you. Not only the young men of Jena are your pupils; wherever is found a truth-seeker, there is found a student of Haeckel.
The world knows that on the battlefield of rationalism, you are the leading warrior. In the struggle for truth, your voice has long been the foremost. In the conflict against superstition, you have ever held aloft the banner on which is inscribed Impavidi progrediamur! The history of modern science cannot be written without the name of Ernst Haeckel.
Nothing unworthy must be found in these pages; no unfair passage should be left within these covers; only pure thoughts belong to a book consecrated to an unsullied lightbringer. I have written with careful hands and clean; for I have sat near the altar of the Temple of Truth. The many shortcomings and imperfections of this volume are due to my limitations alone; the best that I could do, I have done.
Our benefactors are those who enlarge our mental vision; since Darwin and Spencer left us, you have remained without a peer in the realm of thought — and you have gone beyond them. Nothing can repay my intellectual debt to you, but as a token of my endless esteem and affection, I lay before you my PATHFINDERS IN MEDICINE.