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The Cholera Bacillus

Nature volume 29, page 497 | Download Citation



IN his capacity as chief of the German Cholera Commission Dr. Koch has issued a further—his sixth—report, and it is one which must become historic in connection with inquiries as to the etiology of that disease. Hitherto Dr. Koch has almost entirely confined himself to reporting facts as they were elicited, and whenever he has referred to any inferences which might be drawn from them, it has only been to show how many sources of error stood in the way of all attempts to arrive at trustworthy conclusions. This attitude of Dr. Koch has naturally tended to increase the confidence in which he is held as a scientific worker, and it has an important bearing on the character of the present report, in which the reserve hitherto maintained is thrown off, and Dr. Koch announces that the bacilli he has discovered are altogether peculiar to cholera, and further, that they are the actual cause of cholera.

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