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Knowledge in the Time of CholeraThe Struggle over American Medicine in the Nineteenth Century$
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Owen Whooley

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226017464

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226017778.001.0001

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Cholera Becomes A Microbe

Cholera Becomes A Microbe

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(p.148) Chapter 4 Cholera Becomes A Microbe
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Knowledge in the Time of Cholera
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Owen Whooley

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226017778.003.0005

When Robert Koch discovered the cholera microbe in 1884, homeopaths and allopathic physicians staked a claim to his research, attempting to frame this research into a discovery that legitimated their respective systems of medicine. This chapter examines the transformation of Koch's research into a discovery by embedding it within the epistemic contest over medical knowledge.

Keywords:   Robert Koch, cholera microbe, homeopaths, allopathic physicians, epistemic contest, medical knowledge

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