The Curious case of Dr. Pettenkofer. A History of Infection #4

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Number 4 in the series on the History of infection. This time we look at a self experiment that may have gone drastically wrong. Would you Drink a vial of deadly bacteria to prove a point?


Johann Weber says:

It should be noted that Dr. Pttenkofer – in spite of his wrong ideas about the pathogenesis of cholera- still was a key figure in successfully fighting infectious deseases like cholera and typhiod fever in his hometown of Munich by promoting and contributing to plan the sewerage system, which was quite pioneering work for 19th century Germany.

YumNaturals Emporium says:

Wrong! Germs do not cause disease. You need to study further. Germs can only infect dead tissue. Toxins, poisons and the lies of frauds cause real illness: Koch was a fraud.

bharat path says:

In a similar heroic mode Dr. Haffkine inoculated himself with Vaccine for Plague in 1897 and he developed Cholera vaccine as well along with a Spanish Physician Dr. Jaume Ferran –

The Gayest Person on YouTube says:

I'm glad you made sure to say massively horrific diarrhea twice I know it's not good but I was laughing my ass off

elraviv says:

well maybe Dr.Pettenkofer was a heterozygous carriers of cystic fibrosis[1] with blood group AB[2] – making him immune to cholera.

Buck Mulligan says:

Nice Jumper

JMB says:

Very well explained!

Alex Clarke says:

I have decided, based on no information whatsoever, that the Rubik's Cube in the background is a barometer of how stressful/organised/disorganised your week has been.  Bad week for you, I'd say.  Best so far has been the HIV vid, cool pattern!

Michaela Owsley says:

Ahhhh you are the David Attenborough of science! The jumper also helps.

ABitOfTheUniverse says:

There are far more DIY Scientists, biologists in particular, today than there were 121 years ago. Some of them are probably subjecting themselves to the horrible symptoms of the deadliest viruses, bacteria and fungi that they can get their hands on just to test their treatments or even to learn their effects firsthand. Some of them will fail and we may never hear about them, they will die without ever being published. A few of them will succeed and their discoveries will be lauded for millennia.

Timothy Poole says:

Thanks for teaching me something new. I appreciate it!

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