|Teaching Science through History II|
Robert Koch & Tuberculosis
by Jonathan Jescke
This case study focuses on the origins of modern germ theory -- and the postulates and methods so central to its effective practice today. Tuberculosis was a scurge in the 19th century and provided a context for the research of Robert Koch. This episode was the "proving grounds" for Koch's postulates, for his method of isolating pure cultures with solid media, and (by chance) of gram staining technique.
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