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Chapter 20 : Africa Years: Robert Koch's Research in Tropical Medicine

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By 1890 the bacterial etiologies of many important infectious diseases had been determined, following the methods and procedures which Robert Koch had developed. Koch's name is well known in the annals of tropical diseases. He made many important contributions to the study of malaria, sleeping sickness, and numerous viral diseases of veterinary interest. The only organisms ever named for Koch were protozoa: a trypanosome that was thought to be the cause of Rhodesian red water disease of cattle, (the name was later changed), and an amoeba that was thought to be the cause of simian malaria, . Koch developed methods for the control of several important cattle diseases in Africa, and his services were widely sought by African governments. Doing bacteriology in a primitive field setting is always a challenge. Although Koch had previous experience with primitive conditions when studying cholera in India, the facilities in Calcutta were actually palatial compared to what could be obtained in South Africa. In 1897, the same year that Koch was in Africa and India, Ronald Ross was carrying out his epochal work on malaria in Calcutta, proving that the parasite is transmitted by the mosquito. This work was to have far reaching consequences for the control of malaria.

Citation: Brock T. 1999. Africa Years: Robert Koch's Research in Tropical Medicine, p 237-266. In Robert Koch. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555818272.ch20

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