Mycobacterium tuberculosis

1882 Mycobacterium

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Benjamin Marten, Robert Koch bacteriology

Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Koch’s postulates


I credit Benjamin Marten here because he was the first to realize that “animalcules” were the probable cause of tuberculosis, not because the rest of the scientific community paid him any attention. He predated Louis Pasteur’s germ theory (1878) by a hundred and fifty-nine years.

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