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 was best known as a veterinarian, but was also the Department of Public Health pathologist in the early 1900s. He is shown here with the equipment vital to studying bacteria – of which the microscope was particularly important.
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Otago Daily Times
Reference: 17 May 1900
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