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Mil Med. 1993 Jul;158(7):448-57.

Evolution of America's pioneer bacteriologist: George M. Sternberg's formative years.

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Department of Biology, Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences, University of Akron, OH 44325.

Abstract

George M. Sternberg, 1838-1915, M. D., USA, activated modern American bacteriology. He produced the first general bacteriology book in the English language in 1880. His first publications on chemical disinfection (1879) preceded Koch's Sternberg discovered the pneumococcus (1880) before Pasteur did and speculated about phagocytosis (1881) before Metchnikoff. As an experimentalist and author, Sternberg stood "at the head of the American school of working bacteriologists" by the early 1880s. Our essay on Sternberg's evolution as a scientist explains what motivated him and why his early achievements as a bacteriologist, praised by contemporaries, have been underestimated more recently.

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