|Ernest Hanbury Hankin medicine|
- Ernest Hanbury Hankin worked under Louis Pasteur in Paris
- and under Robert Koch in Berlin.
- He studied malaria and cholera in India
- and challenged the persistent view that miasmas cause disease.
- He did more than anyone before him to call for sanitation,
- saying that boiling water could protect against cholera.
Water of the Ganges
- For centuries the people of India fervently believed
- the waters of the Ganges were sacred and incorruptible.
- Hankin noted that waters of the Ganges and Yamuna
- included an anti-bacterial agent against vibrio cholerae.
- Hankin’s paper on this was among the first
- observations of what were later called bacteriophages.
Speaking the obvious
- Others before Hankin had tried to make clear, the obvious;
- but it takes more than trying to penetrate traditional belief.
- It takes more than trying to spell relief. The last I checked,
- no one was listening. They were thinking about the game,
- or the sound of rain dripping off the eaves reminded them
- of a place they had left behind, where they couldn’t return.
- If it’s possible, nobody wants to be told again the obvious;
- if it’s impossible, maybe then they will pay a little attention.