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Chapter 4 : Steps Toward Maturity: Koch in Wollstein

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Despite his increasing fortunes at Rakwitz, Koch was not content to spend his whole life as a simple country doctor. Now he received an invitation from one of his important patients, the Baron von Unruhe Bomst, to apply for the newly created position as Kreisphysikus in Wollstein. Koch applied in person, was accepted, and in April 1872 he moved to Wollstein to begin one of the most important periods of his life. When Koch arrived at Wollstein he was just a 29-year-old physician; when he left eight years later he was on his way to becoming a renowned world-class scientist. It was at Wollstein Koch carried out his pioneering researches on anthrax and the germ theory of disease. In addition to his medical practice, Koch had all the duties of the Kreisphysikus. He had responsibility for smallpox inoculations, for writing death certificates, for giving advice on general public health matters, and for overseeing the local hospital. He also worked hard at keeping up with advances in medicine, reading many medical journals and books. But not only did he find time for all these medical matters and his research, he also took an interest in archaeological explorations.

Citation: Brock T. 1999. Steps Toward Maturity: Koch in Wollstein, p 21-26. In Robert Koch. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555818272.ch4

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Citation: Brock T. 1999. Steps Toward Maturity: Koch in Wollstein, p 21-26. In Robert Koch. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555818272.ch4
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Citation: Brock T. 1999. Steps Toward Maturity: Koch in Wollstein, p 21-26. In Robert Koch. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555818272.ch4
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