Robert Koch als junger Landarzt in Brandenburg und Posen (1868–1880)

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The bacteriologist and Nobel Prize winner Robert Koch (1843-1910) is one of the most important and best-known scientists in German history. Many people associate him not only with the institute named after him (today the Robert Koch Institute is Germany's National Public Health Institute), but above all, with his work as a "microbe hunter". Koch achieved world fame with the discovery of the tuberculosis pathogen in 1882. To research and combat infectious diseases, he undertook expeditions to foreign countries. This article deals with a lesser-known episode in Robert Koch's life - his years as a young rural doctor in the then Prussian provinces of Brandenburg and Posen. After a chronological description of Robert Koch's "wandering years", the focus is directed to today's culture of remembrance. The question is discussed in which way, if at all, the memory of Robert Koch is maintained at the authentic places.

Translated title of the contribution
Robert Koch as a young rural doctor in Brandenburg and the Poznan region (1868-1880)


Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)1582-1589
Number of pages8
JournalDeutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Issue number24/25
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2022

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Scopus 85143472735
WOS 000896743700006
PubMed 36470266
ORCID /0000-0003-3727-3021/work/142233271


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Sustainable Development Goals

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  • Humans, Male, History, 19th Century, History, 20th Century, Bacteriology/history, Tuberculosis, Communicable Diseases, Nobel Prize, Physicians, Germany, Brandenburg, Robert Koch, Poznan, rural doctor, history of medicine

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