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Chapter 2 : Koch's Early Years

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Robert Koch was born on December 11, 1843 in Clausthal, a small mining city in the Harz Mountains of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen). Although he was much closer to his mother than to his father, of greater influence than his mother was probably his uncle, Eduard Biewend, Koch's mother's brother. Koch desired a university education and his school principal recommended that Robert study for a career in medicine or natural science, or perhaps for a career as a Gymnasium teacher. His principal apparently had some doubt about Robert's ability to apply himself, however, as he emphasized that Koch's success would depend upon his ability to concentrate his energies on a chosen field of study. Vacillating from one possibility to another, Robert strongly favored a career in natural science, since this would have permitted him to partake of research expeditions to foreign lands. Koch's main accomplishment at Gottingen was the winning of a prize of 30 ducats for carrying out a difficult anatomical study of the disposition of the nerves in the ganglia of the uterus. At the completion of this study, Koch presented his work, well illustrated with original drawings, under the title: “On the Presence of Ganglion Cells on the Nerves of the Uterus”. These youthful studies, so remote from his main opus of later years, already reveal the energy, industry, and scientific acumen with which Koch worked. In addition, he served the various clinical services in the hospital, including surgery, obstetrics, psychiatry, and pathology.

Citation: Brock T. 1999. Koch's Early Years, p 6-13. In Robert Koch. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555818272.ch2

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Map of Germany in the mid-1870s, showing the locations where Koch lived or worked and other key locations. Several cities now have different names: Königsberg = Kaliningrad (U.S.S.R.); Danzig = Gdansk (Poland); Breslau = Wroclaw (Poland); Wollstein = Wolsztyn (Poland); Stettin = Szczecin (Poland). Many changes in political boundaries have also occurred.

Citation: Brock T. 1999. Koch's Early Years, p 6-13. In Robert Koch. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555818272.ch2
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Koch's early years, (a) The Koch family. Robert–leaning on his mother–was about 12 years old. (b) The home in Clausthal where Robert Koch was born. The house, now housing in part a flower shop, still stands at #13 Osterdder Strasse (corner of Bartelstrasse). (c) The large house that the Koch family moved to after the first house became too small. This impressive house, still extant, is in a favored location right in the main center (Kronenplatz) of Clausthal. (b) and (c) photographed by the author in 1987.

Citation: Brock T. 1999. Koch's Early Years, p 6-13. In Robert Koch. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555818272.ch2
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Koch's youthful years, (a) Robert Koch in 1861, just before he completed the Gymnasium, (b) A school fraternity “Concordia” in Clausthal in 1861. Robert Koch, 18 years old, is on the right in the rear (holding a blanket).

Citation: Brock T. 1999. Koch's Early Years, p 6-13. In Robert Koch. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555818272.ch2
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Citation: Brock T. 1999. Koch's Early Years, p 6-13. In Robert Koch. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555818272.ch2
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