Medicine: Undulant Fever

During the Crimean War, thousands of British soldiers quartered in the Mediterranean area were disabled by Malta fever. In 1886 Major General Sir David Bruce of the British Army Medical Corps discovered the guilty germ. In 1897 Bernhard L. F. Bang, a Danish veterinarian, discovered the germ which caused contagious abortion in cattle. In 1918 Bacteriologist Alice Catherine Evans of the U. S. Public Health Service showed that these two germs were closely related, and it was later proved that the disease originates in cattle, goats and swine, and is transmitted to man....

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