oa Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection - The 'servantless American cook' : a lateral view

Volume 26, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1015-8782
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1084



Forgoing the mouth-watering pleasure of waxing endlessly on the virtues of a well-made stock, consommé or aspic, for the moment, I shall turn away from the kitchen towards the laboratory to wax rather less than endlessly and with only slightly less pleasure on the virtues of well-made microbiological culture media and more importantly to their creators. I stand in awe of these pioneers. In the laboratory we name them daily, but seldom stop to consider why. Not only does their inspiration and dogged hard work continue to save lives, but their endeavours to isolate pathogens in pure culture provided proof for a then-new paradigm of disease causation, namely the germ theory.

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