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Chapter 10 : Koch at the Crossroads: From Lone Doctor to Group Leader

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This chapter talks about Robert Koch and his first assistants, Georg Gaffky and Friedrich Loeffler, both of whom were to become major figures in bacteriology. Loeffler had been transferred from the General Headquarters of the Army to the a year earlier, and had worked as an assistant in the hygiene and chemistry laboratories during that time. He is best known for his discovery of the causal agent of diphtheria, , and for his proof that the causal agent of foot-and-mouth disease was filterable, the first animal virus to be so characterized. In a short time, Koch was surrounded by an enthusiastic group o f dedicated workers. Thus, his position at the brought him not only more space and time for research than he had at Wollstein, but interaction with intelligent colleagues. Koch matured rapidly in this new milieu, moving readily from lone scientist in Wollstein to group leader in Berlin. Koch also had a paper on anthrax which was partly an attack on Pasteur.

Citation: Brock T. 1999. Koch at the Crossroads: From Lone Doctor to Group Leader, p 90-93. In Robert Koch. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555818272.ch10

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Citation: Brock T. 1999. Koch at the Crossroads: From Lone Doctor to Group Leader, p 90-93. In Robert Koch. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555818272.ch10
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