If he ached a little for research and Gottlieb’s divine curiosity— well, he would be such a country doctor as Robert Koch!
They had three children, all born when Gottlieb was over thirtyeight: Miriam, the youngest, an ardent child who had a touch at the piano, an instinct about Beethoven, and hatred for the "ragtime" popular in America; an older sister who was nothing in particular; and their boy Robert—Robert Koch Gottlieb.
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By now the new science of bacteriology, pioneered by Robert Koch and Louis Pasteur, had convinced most public health officials that contaminated drinking water caused the spread of cholera and other bacterial diseases.