the wild pioneer era

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On the evening of 1 August 1919, an exhausted Robert K was admitted to the Hôpital des Enfants-Malades in Paris. The 11-year-old had already gone to the toilet 12 times that day, and 12 times the only thing that came out was liquid and bloody mucous. The doctors’ diagnosis was bacillary dysentery, a serious illness caused by Shigella bacteria. Victims suffer from diarrhoea, high fever and bouts of severe abdominal pain. The toxins of the microbes can trigger a collapse of the blood vessel system and shock, among other symptoms. Back then, diarrhoea was often a death sentence.


Typhoid Fever Yellow Fever Bacillary Dysentery Pasteur Institute Phage Therapy 
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