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The remedy

by Goetz, Thomas, 1968 November 14-

Format: Book on CD 2014
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Open Stacks (CD) RA644.T7 G58 2014cx
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor - Open Stacks
Call Number  (CD) RA644.T7 G58 2014cx
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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Tuberculosis has been around a long time. And the number of deaths attributable to TB makes it the most lethal contagious disease in human history. In 1882, German scientist Robert Koch identified its cause, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, a slow-growing but hardy bacteria. He also devised many laboratory and research innovations, including his famous set of Koch's postulates. Koch's professional rival was Louis Pasteur. Another celebrated contemporary, author Arthur Conan Doyle, admired, critiqued, and in some ways mirrored Koch. Doyle and Koch began their careers as country doctors but aspired to be much more. Each valued attention to detail. Both were sleuths. Koch was a medical detective. Doyle was the creator of Sherlock Holmes, fiction's most famous detective. Both flirted with fraud. For Doyle, it was superstition and spiritualism. For Koch, it was tuberculin, a bogus cure for TB. Goetz, a science writer and past executive editor of WIRED, brings together biography and scientific history, personal ambition and discovery, and a deadly infectious disease in a captivating tale.--Miksanek, Tony Copyright 2014 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Former Wired executive editor Goetz (The Decision Tree) offers an intriguing medical and literary history based on "accidental partners in a profound social shift toward science and away from superstition." Robert Koch, a meticulous and ambitious German country doctor-turned-scientist, isolated the bacteria causing TB and, Goetz writes, in doing so "offered a template" not only for medical science but for "all scientific investigation." Physician and Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle also viewed "science as a tool," and Koch's work in microbiology "provided the template" for Doyle's fictional detective's fascination "with minuscule detail." Though his scientific work remains an important legacy, Koch never achieved the fame he sought in finding a cure for TB. Yet, Goetz notes, "Koch's science became a kind of remedy nonetheless," changing the perception of the disease as "something that could be understood and defended against." Ironically, Doyle, though an admirer of Koch, would ultimately help debunk Koch's failed theory that an injection of "lymph" could cure TB. But this pair's fascinating, convergent stories have much more in common, as Goetz aptly demonstrates that both Koch and Doyle were doggedly inquisitive men who discovered that neither germs nor crime are any match for science. Agent: Chris Calhoun. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Koch, Robert, -- 1843-1910.
Doyle, Arthur Conan, -- 1859-1930.
Tuberculosis -- History.
Germ theory of disease -- History.
Publisher Prince Frederick, MD :2014
Edition Unabridged.
Other Titles Remedy :
Contributors Corren, Donald, narrator.
Recorded Books, LLC, publisher.
Participants/Performers Narrated by Donald Corren.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Description 9 audio discs (9 hr., 45 min.) ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781490609652
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