The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle and the Quest to Cure Tuberculosis
In 1882, through a series of experiments, scientist Robert Koch discovered the germ that caused TB. Eager for greater glory, he abandoned his principles and prematurely announced a cure, a remedy. As Europe's consumptives descended upon Berlin, so too did Arthur Conan Doyle, a small town doctor and sometime writer. Investigating Koch's remedy, he was aghast to discover its true nature. The Remedy explores this pivotal moment for both men. Conan Doyle was influenced by Koch's discoveries to create a scientific detective, Sherlock Holmes, and Koch defended his remedy.
Thomas Goetz is a science writer and health-care innovator. The cofounder of Iodine, a health technology company, he has served as entrepreneur in residence at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and executive editor at WIRED. His writing has been selected repeatedly for the" Best American Science Writing "and "Best Technology Writing" anthologies. He lives in San Francisco.