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May 6, 1911


Author Affiliations

Professor of Phthisiotherapy, New York Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital NEW YORK

JAMA. 1911;LVI(18):1307-1309. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560180001001

Koch's brilliant career as father of modern tuberculosis science began, of course, on that memorable evening of March 24, 1882, when he gave to the world the result of his painstaking work. It was the usual monthly meeting of the Physiologic Society of Berlin, but it was perhaps the largest gathering which that body ever had. Koch's paper was announced under the title, "The Etiology of Tuberculosis." Taking into consideration what Koch had given to science before along the same lines (I refer to the discovery of the spores of the anthrax bacillus and his concomitant bacteriologic studies), the hearers were, of course, expectant and looked for great things in store for them. It was characteristic of Koch's modesty and true scientific spirit that he had preferred to refrain from talking about his researches in tuberculosis until he could conclusively prove his thesis to the satisfaction of everyone and show