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Pictures Considered #18. Pictures of Shigella by Shiga

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The journal Zentralblatt für Bakteriologie, Parasitenkunde u. Infektionskrankheiten was one of the leading publication in the early days of Microbiology. Many of the great discoveries of microbial pathogens were published therein. An example is the 1898 Japanese microbiologist Kiyoshi Shiga account of his discovery of his eponymous bacterium (Zentralbl. Bakteriol. Mikrobiol. Hyg. [Vorläufige Mitteilung]. 1898. 23: 599–600). It’s simply entitled: “On the Agent of Dysentery In Japan.” One of the most important of Shiga’s contributions was his finding that the sera of convalescent patients gave a positive serological test, a valuable additional criterion to Koch’s postulates on the etiology of infectious diseases.

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