Category Archives: cholera

Founder of modern bacteriology


Dalrymple points out that there was much hostility towards Robert Koch in India, as the scientific agent of German expansionism. Attempts to disprove Koch’s theory continued in India until 1897.

Grey-haired and hard up

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In Things not generally known by John Timbs, Dalrymple learns that during cholera visitations, up to a fifth of the medical men employed die. Dalrymple comments:

True officers lead from the front.

Dalrymple notes also that there is in the book a discussion of how financial losses, and the threat of further losses, give you grey hairs. Timbs explains:

A medical man in London, less than twenty years ago, under the fear of bankruptcy, had his dark hair so changed in the same period that his friends failed to recognise him; but the colour in this instance returned, as his worldly prospects revived.