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December 13, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XV(24):863-864. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410500019004

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No other event produced an impression so profound in the vast assemblage of medical men at Berlin, as did the reading of a paper by Dr. Koch, in which he stated his definite conviction that not only had the bacillus of tuberculosis been identified, but that he had in hand the remedy for its control. It had been his purpose before its publication to subject it to a most thorough testing, and in every particular to perfect the details for its use. But a discovery of such untold value could hardly be held in confidence. The public press had already contained such exaggerated statements that at the urgent solicitation of his friends, rather than from his own inclination, he was induced to present to the International Congress a preliminary paper upon his treatment of tuberculosis. He then intimated that as soon as his investigations should be in some measure completed

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