Was Shibasaburo Kitasato the Co-Discoverer of the Plague Bacillus?

  title={Was Shibasaburo Kitasato the Co-Discoverer of the Plague Bacillus?},
  author={Norman Howard-Jones},
  journal={Perspectives in Biology and Medicine},
  pages={292 - 307}
The conventional story of the discovery of Pasteurella pestis (as it is now named) is that Alexandre Yersin and Shibasaburo Kitasato, respectively disciples of Pasteur and Koch, independently and almost simultaneously incriminated this organism as the pathogenic agent of plague during an outbreak of the disease in Hong Kong in 1894. Behind this oversimplification lies a veritable enigma, of which the present paper is presented as the probable solution. Among the standard historical works… 

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