Thomas Goetz

“A fascinating and entertaining new page turner of a book.”

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Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure Tuberculosis

Capturing the moment when mystery and magic began to yield to science, The Remedy chronicles the stunning story of how the germ theory of disease became a true fact, how two men of ambition were emboldened to reach for something more, and how scientific discoveries evolve into social truths. 

The Remedy, a Best Book of the Month on Amazon and iTunes, is out now – order your copy today.

 Go inside this mysterious story with the first in a series of graphic novel panels.

“Goetz aptly demonstrates that both Koch and Doyle were doggedly inquisitive men who discovered that neither germs nor crime are any match for science."  – Publishers Weekly

"Goetz weaves together a compelling narrative ... reminding us of how far we have come, and how much we take for granted in modern medicine."  – BookPage

 

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Thank you to the Los Angeles Times for its wonderful review of The Remedy!

In 2005, when I was mulling going back to school for my Masters in Public Health, my father sent me a recent copy of the New England Journal of Medicine with a special section on “Medical Detectives.” There were two stories that were especially compelling: the first was a tribute to Berton Roueche, a wonderful writer for the New Yorker in the 1950s and 1960s, who specialized in ride-alongs with the New York City Department of Health epidemiology squad. His stories read like a sort of tweedy version of CSI, and the collections, especially 11 Blue Men, were favorites in the Goetz household.

The other story in that issue of NEJM concerned an odd coincidence between

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