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Pasteur-Koch: Distinctive Ways of Thinking about Infectious Diseases Linguistic misunderstandings along with genuine scientific differences over virulence and immunity drove the two geniuses apart

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  title={Pasteur-Koch: Distinctive Ways of Thinking about Infectious Diseases Linguistic misunderstandings along with genuine scientific differences over virulence and immunity drove the two geniuses apart},
  author={Agn{\`e}s Ullmann},
  year={2007}
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L ouis Pasteur and Robert Koch are considered the founders of medical bacteriology. Their paths crossed only a few times but, as often happens for such geniuses, those encounters evinced polemics and controversy. Was this due to their different backgrounds? Robert Koch was a physician, 20 years younger than Pasteur, a chemist and microbiologist. Neither man understood the other’s language. Yet their contributions to microbiology were so complementary that it is difficult to imagine one without… 

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