Story: Epidemics

Bacteriologist John Gilruth, 1900

Bacteriologist John Gilruth, 1900

Bacteriology is the study of bacteria. The advent of bacteriology as a science in the late 19th century meant that scientists could identify the causes and characteristics of infectious diseases more precisely. John Gilruth is best known as a veterinarian, but he was also the Department of Public Health pathologist in the early 1900s. He is shown here with the equipment vital to studying bacteria – the microscope was particularly important.

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Otago Daily Times
Reference: 17 May 1900

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Geoff Rice, 'Epidemics - Research and monitoring', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 31 May 2023)

Story by Geoff Rice, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 15 May 2018