The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure Tuberculosis by Thomas GoetzThe riveting history of tuberculosis, the world’s most lethal disease, the two men whose lives it tragically intertwined, and the birth of medical science.
In 1875, tuberculosis was the deadliest disease in the world, accountable for a third of all deaths. A diagnosis of TB—often called consumption—was a death sentence. Then, in a triumph of medical science, a German doctor named Robert Koch deployed an unprecedented scientific rigor to discover the bacteria that caused TB. Koch soon embarked on a remedy—a remedy that would be his undoing.
When Koch announced his cure for consumption, Arthur Conan Doyle, then a small-town doctor in England and sometime writer, went to Berlin to cover the event. Touring the ward of reportedly cured patients, he was horrified. Koch’s remedy was either sloppy science or outright fraud.
But to a world desperate for relief, Koch’s remedy wasn’t so easily dismissed. As Europe’s consumptives descended upon Berlin, Koch urgently tried to prove his case. Conan Doyle, meanwhile, returned to England determined to abandon medicine in favor of writing. In particular, he turned to a character inspired by the very scientific methods that Koch had formulated: Sherlock Holmes.
Capturing the moment when mystery and magic began to yield to science, The Remedy chronicles the stunning story of how the germ theory of disease became a true fact, how two men of ambition were emboldened to reach for something more, and how scientific discoveries evolve into social truths.
Site display: Normal Text Only. My Collection About Us Teachers. Add image to my collection. The German doctor Robert Koch is considered the founder of modern bacteriology. He extracted this bacterium from a sheep which had died of anthrax, grew it and injected a mouse with it. The mouse developed the disease as well. Koch repeated this process over 20 generations of mice, before he announced in that he had proved this bacterium caused anthrax.
This is an account of the life and work of Robert Koch , Nobel Laureate in Medicine and a founder of the science of bacteriology. In particular, Koch's researches into tuberculosis are described — the discovery of the tubercle bacillus, the controversy regarding the human and bovine types, the Koch phenomenon, and the introduction of tuberculin, which proved to be ineffective as a cure but became important as a diagnostic tool in the management of tuberculosis. By his achievements in this field, Koch may be considered to be the father of the scientific study of tuberculosis. On the occasion of the centenary of Koch's discovery of the tubercle bacillus in , we pay tribute to this great German master of medicine. Robert Koch's discovery of the tubercle bacillus in was a major event in the history of medicine, a turning point in our understanding and conquest of that deadly disease which had plagued mankind for millenia.
Persons using assistive technology might not be able to fully access information in this file. For assistance, please send e-mail to: mmwrq cdc. Type Accommodation and the title of the report in the subject line of e-mail. On March 24, , Robert Koch announced to the Berlin Physiological Society that he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis. Three weeks later, on April 10, he published an article entitled "The Etiology of Tuberculosis" 1.
Physician Robert Koch is best known for isolating the tuberculosis bacterium, the cause of numerous deaths in the midth century. He won the Nobel Prize in for his work. He is considered one of the founders of microbiology and developed criteria, named Koch's postulates, that were meant to help establish a causal relationship between a microbe and a disease. Robert Koch has been celebrated for his research into the causes of notable diseases and presenting solutions to safeguard public health:. While employed in private practice as a physician in Wollstein, Koch set to work on identifying the root cause of the anthrax that had felled livestock in the region.
Howard Markel Dr. Howard Markel. Of all the infectious scourges that have prowled through human history, artists and writers have deemed tuberculosis to be among the most romantic. Robert Koch — photo published in in Les Prix Nobel. In many respects, the modern era of tuberculosis began in the mind of a year-old German physician named Robert Koch, who in was appointed the district medical officer in Wollstein a tiny village in West Prussia, now Wolsztyn, Poland.
As one of the main founders of modern bacteriology , he identified the specific causative agents of tuberculosis , cholera , and anthrax and gave experimental support for the concept of infectious disease ,  which included experiments on humans and other animals. Koch created and improved laboratory technologies and techniques in the field of microbiology, and made key discoveries in public health. Before entering school in , he had taught himself how to read and write. Several years after his graduation in , he worked as a surgeon in the Franco-Prussian War , and following his service, worked as a physician in Wollstein in Prussian Posen now Wolsztyn , Poland. From to , he served as an administrator and professor at Berlin University. For this he accepted harsh conditions.