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December 6, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XV(23):832. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410490024006

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Waiting for the Verdict.  —By cable dispatch to the New York Associated Press, we learn that on November 22, the Emperor of Germany bestowed the Grand Cross of the Order of the Red Eagle upon Robert Koch. This is the first time that this decoration has been bestowed upon any one who did not possess the preceding classes of the order. We further learn that Prof. Koch disclaims responsibility for the statements put in his mouth in regard to his experiments. He blames the press for raising exaggerated hopes of instant benefit in every form of tuberculosis. Prof. Virchow, speaking in the Medicinische Gesellschaft, referred to the subsidence of the enthusiasm, but defended Prof. Koch against the charge of prematurely publishing his discovery. Prof. Koch, he said, only consented to the disclosures already made at the request of Minister von Gossler and several of his medical colleagues, Drs. Virchow, Levy,

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