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By W. D. Foster

ISBN-10: 0433106905

ISBN-13: 9780433106906

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He had noted that some sheep which he had infected with anthrax-contaminated food had subsequently been shown to survive large inoculations of anthrax blood. He could thus enunciate a rule for anthrax, as for chicken cholera, that inoculations of organisms, which did not kill, protected against subsequent infection. But, at that time, September 1880, he did not know of any way to produce a culture of anthrax bacilli which could be relied upon not to kill. The problem, however, was one which he solved in a remarkably rapid manner.

Nutrient gelatine had a short life as a bacteriological medium, the disadvantages alluded to above proved particularly irritating, to none more so than W. Hesse who had studied under Koch and who was, in his home laboratory, studying the various bacteria found in the air. Tired of having his cultures spoiled by gelatine-liquifying organisms he looked for other means of solidifying his culture media. Fortunately his wife, Fannie, as well as her housewife's duties acted as her husband's technician and prepared broth for the bacteria as well as soup c 50 A History of Medical Bacteriology and Immunology for the family.

Nunquam otiosus! In Makerere medical school library there is an interesting memento of this visit. Sir Albert Cook took Koch5s photograph which he pasted, with a little note, in a book on the tuberculin treatment of tuberculosis. For some years prior to his death Koch suffered from occasional attacks of some circulatory disturbance but had no thought of retirement. He was at work until the last, reading his The Contribution of Robert Koch to Medical Bacteriology 41 last scientific paper only six weeks before his death from cardiac failure, in May 1910.

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