Lot 287: German medical scientist (1843–1910) regarded as the father of bacteriology. He isolated the tuberculosis bacillus and the anthrax virus, and received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1905. ALS in German, signed "R. Koch," one page both sides, 4.5 x 7, May 8, 1896. Letter to the hygienist Giuseppe Sormani in Pavia, thanking him for "the honor which the Royal Italian Society of Hygiene has proved by this appointment to me," and promising to continue his "research in the field of hygiene and in particular the fight against infectious diseases." In fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed in Koch's hand. Italy was a center for the study of malaria during this period and in the spring of 1898 Koch would travel to Grosseto, the main town of the Tuscan Maremma, to carry out extensive research on the subject. In addition to his work on tuberculosis, Koch dedicated much of the rest of his life to research on the control of the mosquito-borne disease. A fine letter with excellent content concerning his groundbreaking studies.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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