Robert Koch: A Life in Medicine and Bacteriology / Edition 1

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Overview

Robert Koch's story is a stirring example of how a lone country doctor can rise above all odds to become a true scientific revolutionary. Winner of the Nobel Prize in 1905, Koch is best known today for his discoveries of the causal agents of tuberculosis, cholera, and anthrax. His vital contributions to microbiological methodology also make him the founder of the field of bacteriology and central to the establishment of the disciplines of hygiene and public health. He was also a world traveler and made numerous important research expeditions to India (where he discovered the cause of cholera), Africa, and New Guinea.

Koch's postulates, a series of guidelines for the experimental study of infectious disease, permitted Koch and his students to identify many of the causes of the most important infectious diseases of humans and animals. Even today Koch's postulates are considered whenever a new infectious disease arises.

Highlights of his career & surrounding controversies, incl. anthrax, wound infection, TB, cholera; field work in Africa.

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This biography focuses on the medical aspects of the bacteriologist's life, drawing on his published work, his correspondence, and on the author's own reading in bacteriological literature of the late 19th century. Koch was an early advocate of the germ theory of disease, and his postulates are still considered today whenever a new infectious disease arises. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555811433
  • Publisher: ASM Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.92 (h) x 1.19 (d)

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