Hong Kong, 1894: the role of James A Lowson in the controversial discovery of the plague bacillus

  title={Hong Kong, 1894: the role of James A Lowson in the controversial discovery of the plague bacillus},
  author={Tom Solomon},
  journal={The Lancet},
That the plague bacillus Yersinia pestis is named after Alexandre Yersin is well known. However, it is less well known that it was many years before he received full credit for his discovery. During the Hong Kong plague epidemic of 1894, when rival French and Japanese teams were investigating the cause of the disease, it was Shibasaburo Kitasato who first claimed to have identified the pathogen. Kitasato published his work in The Lancet and was credited with the discovery for many years… 
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