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Microbes Infect. 2014 Nov;16(11):885-92. doi: 10.1016/j.micinf.2014.08.012. Epub 2014 Sep 2.

A spirit of scientific rigour: Koch's postulates in twentieth-century medicine.

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Section for Medical Anthropology and Medical History, University of Oslo, P.O. Box 1130 Blindern, 0318 Oslo, Norway. Electronic address: christoph.gradmann@medisin.uio.no.

Abstract

This article explores one of a citation classics in medical literature-Koch's postulates. It analyses their creation in the nineteenth century and their popularity in the twentieth century. As a genre of historiography, references to the postulates are anecdotes. In referring to a historical event that never happened, such references serve to remind their audiences of a tradition of experimental medicine that supposedly originated with Robert Koch.

KEYWORDS:

Disease causation; Koch's postulates; Medical microbiology

PMID:
25193030
DOI:
10.1016/j.micinf.2014.08.012
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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