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August 10, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(6):393. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470320037008

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According to the newspaper reports, the president of the New York City Department of Health first heard of Professor Koch and possibly also of the tubercle bacillus when a reporter called upon him to interview him on the sensation of the day. "Who is this man Koch?" was the official's inquiry, and when informed, he said: "Well, I don't know anything about him," and then turned to weightier matters. It is probable, as the newspaper says, that he does not think Professor Koch is half as great a man as he is. With some New York City officeholders the vision is limited to the Tammany jurisdiction and nothing outside of that is worth knowing. The official in this case, however, is, as many of us can testify, not a bad type of a too large class of individuals who get into places in our large cities through political machination and

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