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The remedy : Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the quest to cure tuberculosis

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Kirtland Community College Library RA 644 .T7 G64 2014 30775305503477 General Collection Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781592407514
  • ISBN: 159240751X
  • ISBN: 9781592409174
  • ISBN: 1592409172
  • Physical Description: print
    xx, 298 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Gotham Books, [2014]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-289) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: The disease -- 1871, the doctor in Wollstein -- 1875, the germ theory -- 1878, the rivalry -- 1882, the breakthrough -- 1882, the doctor in Southsea -- 1887, the detective -- 1890, the remedy -- 1891, the fall of Dr. Koch -- 1892, the rise of A. C. Doyle -- 1900, the new century -- The cure.
Summary, etc.: "The riveting history of tuberculosis, the world's most lethal disease, the two men whose lives it tragically intertwined, and the birth of medical science. In 1875, tuberculosis was the deadliest disease in the world, accountable for a third of all deaths. A diagnosis of TB-often called consumption-was a death sentence. Then, in triumph of medical science, a German doctor named Robert Koch deployed an unprecedented scientific rigor to discover the bacteria that caused TB. Koch soon embarked on a remedy-a remedy that would be his undoing. When Koch announced his cure for consumption, Arthur Conan Doyle, then a small-town doctor in England and sometime writer, went to Berlin to cover the event. Touring the ward of reportedly cured patients, he was horrified. Koch's "remedy" was either sloppy science or outright fraud. But to a world desperate for relief, Koch's remedy wasn't so easily dismissed. As Europe's consumptives descended upon Berlin, Koch urgently tried to prove his case. Conan Doyle, meanwhile, returned to England determined to abandon medicine in favor of writing. In particular, he turned to a character inspired by the very scientific methods that Koch had formulated: Sherlock Holmes. Capturing the moment when mystery and magic began to yield to science, The Remedy chronicles the stunning story of how the germ theory of disease became a true fact, how two men of ambition were emboldened to reach for something more, and how scientific discoveries evolve into social truths"--Provided by publisher.
Subject: Doyle, Arthur Conan 1859-1930
Koch, Robert 1843-1910
Tuberculosis History
Germ theory of disease History
Doyle, Arthur Conan 1859-1930
Koch, Robert 1843-1910
Tuberculosis history Europe
Tuberculosis history United States
Germ Theory of Disease history Europe
Germ Theory of Disease history United States
History, 18th Century Europe
History, 18th Century United States
History, 19th Century Europe
History, 19th Century United States
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