The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure Tuberculosis by Thomas GoetzThe riveting history of tuberculosis, the world’s most lethal disease, the two men whose lives it tragically intertwined, and the birth of medical science.
In 1875, tuberculosis was the deadliest disease in the world, accountable for a third of all deaths. A diagnosis of TB—often called consumption—was a death sentence. Then, in a triumph of medical science, a German doctor named Robert Koch deployed an unprecedented scientific rigor to discover the bacteria that caused TB. Koch soon embarked on a remedy—a remedy that would be his undoing.
When Koch announced his cure for consumption, Arthur Conan Doyle, then a small-town doctor in England and sometime writer, went to Berlin to cover the event. Touring the ward of reportedly cured patients, he was horrified. Koch’s remedy was either sloppy science or outright fraud.
But to a world desperate for relief, Koch’s remedy wasn’t so easily dismissed. As Europe’s consumptives descended upon Berlin, Koch urgently tried to prove his case. Conan Doyle, meanwhile, returned to England determined to abandon medicine in favor of writing. In particular, he turned to a character inspired by the very scientific methods that Koch had formulated: Sherlock Holmes.
Capturing the moment when mystery and magic began to yield to science, The Remedy chronicles the stunning story of how the germ theory of disease became a true fact, how two men of ambition were emboldened to reach for something more, and how scientific discoveries evolve into social truths.
Red Dead Redemption 2 players are frantically searching for a tuberculosis cure
Technically, one supposes it went to hell before the events of the story, but they go much more to hell during it. Our heroes are lost and alone somewhere on an island in the Atlantic, their leader going slowly mad and the bodies piling up behind them. They manage, barely to get off of Guarma alive, but anyone who has gotten this far in the game must have a feeling that things aren't going to be all sunshine and roses when they return. And they're not. On your way to a mission objective in Saint Denis your character starts lurching and coughing blood, a helpful stranger helps him into a doctor's office, and good news: it's tuberculosis. Doc pulls no punches: you're dying, end of story. It's at this point in the game that the last shred of doubt is gone from your mind.
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This guide highlights mission strategies and Gold Medal requirements. This mission will occur to you while traveling in Saint Denis after completing Fleeting Joy. You will mostly have been on your way to meet Sadie for Icarus and Friends. You'll find yourself being dragged by a kind samaritan through the streets. He'll say you don't look well, and will lead you to a doctor.
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While tuberculosis-related deaths in the United States are virtually non-existent in this day and age, the disease still regularly claims over 1 million lives per year in other parts of the world, and was once a vicious killer in the US as well. Some survived, but getting tuberculosis in was more or less a death sentence for many people. And in fact, it is the disease that causes Arthur, the hardened cowboy and outlaw, to ultimately lose his life. Some may be hoping that there is a way to cure Arthur's tuberculosis and keep him as the main playable character, but unfortunately, it seems impossible. It's possible that Arthur's death is meant to mirror the death of real-life gunfighter Doc Holliday.