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Robert Koch was the most important individual in the search for the prevention of disease...how far do you agree?

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"Robert Koch was the most important individual in the search for the discovery of the prevention of disease." How far do you agree? Robert Koch was an important individual who studied medicine at the University of Gļæ½ttingen, served in the Franco - Prussian war and later became a district medical officer in Wollstein; he had discovered the germ that caused anthrax and researched more into how the bacteria could be grown and isolated, but he did not, however, find the cure for it. After Casimir Davaine - a French physician, showed the direct transmission of the anthrax bacillus between cows, Koch studied anthrax more closely. ...read more.

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and the Petri dish, invented by Koch's assistant Julius Richard Petri. With these techniques, he was able to discover the bacterium causing tuberculosis in 1882 and this was a very big achievement because tuberculosis was the cause of 1 in 7 deaths in the mid-19th century. Due to his discoveries, Koch was portrayed in everyone's mind as the "hero", for isolating anthrax, tuberculosis and cholera. Source 3 is a contemporary cartoon showing Koch slaying the tuberculosis bacillus. The cartoon shows Koch on a white horse, and a white horse signifies royalty and in those days, only people like the king, for example, rode on white horses. ...read more.

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From that factor, many people assumer that Robert Koch alone was the most important individual in the search for the discovery of the prevention of disease. "Robert Koch was the most important individual in the search for the discovery of the prevention of disease" is partially true. Koch did discover a lot of things that benefitted others. However, he was not the most important. There were many other individuals who helped him in his discovery. Casimir Davaine, for example, played a huge role in the search to find the bacterium causing anthrax. Koch did find the bacterium, but he did not find the cure for it, and it was Louis Pasteur who found the cure, and that shows that Koch was not the most important individual. ...read more.

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