March 24 is World Tuberculosis Day.
World TB Day, falling on March 24th each year, is designed to build public awareness that tuberculosis today remains an epidemic in much of the world,
causing the deaths of nearly one-and-a-half million people each year, mostly in developing countries
It commemorates the day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch astounded the scientific community by announcing that he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis,
the TB bacillus. At the time of Koch's announcement in Berlin, TB was raging through Europe and the Americas, causing the death of one out
of every seven people. Koch's discovery opened the way towards diagnosing and curing TB.
LifeScience Moment: Robert Koch announced the discovery of tubercle bacillus, the cause of tuberculosis.
On March 24, 1882, German scientist Robert Koch announced to the Berlin Physiological Society that he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis.
Three weeks later, on April 10, Koch published an article entitled "The Etiology of Tuberculosis" and in 1884, in a second paper
with the same title, he first expounded "Koch's postulates," which have since become basic to studies of all infectious diseases.
In 1905, Koch was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine "for his investigations and discoveries in relation to tuberculosis."
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"One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. The bamboozle has captured us. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back."
Carl Sagan, U.S. Astronomer