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The Strange Connection Between Germs and Sherlock Holmes

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Sherlock Holmes was as much a scientist as a detective. Maybe that’s because his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, was influenced by a detective of science: Robert Koch, a German doctor who helped prove the existence of germs. In his new book, The Remedy, Thomas Goetz traces connections between the two men. The former executive editor of WIRED, Goetz now runs Iodine, a company he cofounded with ex-Google engineer Matt Mohebbi. The startup’s goal is to help people make better decisions about medications by combining their personal experiences with clinical research—in other words, giving us the tools to be our own medical detectives.

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