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American Evangelists and Tuberculosis in Modern Japan$
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Elisheva A. Perelman

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528141

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528141.001.0001

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“The Enemy of Mankind”

“The Enemy of Mankind”

The Struggle against Tuberculosis

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(p.28) 3 “The Enemy of Mankind”
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American Evangelists and Tuberculosis in Modern Japan
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Elisheva A. Perelman

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888528141.003.0004

This chapter analyzes the nature of the scientific discovery of the tuberculosis bacillus and preventative work against the epidemic through the lens of one of Robert Koch’s associates and friends, Kitasato Shibasaburō. Kitasato, a Japanese scientist and government employee, worked with Koch at the behest of the Japanese government, an organization with which he frequently clashed. Due to his personal foibles and recurrent arguments with politicians and other scientists in Japan, Kitasato’s work on tuberculosis, despite being groundbreaking, was often overlooked in his homeland. Thus, Kitasato’s personal problems, this chapter surmises, may have cost Japan proper tuberculosis prevention undertaken successfully in other countries.

Keywords:   Kitasato Shibasaburō, Germ theory, Robert Koch

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