Dec 21, 2020 • 8M

Couchfish Day 178: Ong Nam. Does Yersin need a closer look?

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Stuart McDonald
The Couchfish podcast. Following a day by day itinerary through Southeast Asia—for all those people stranded on their couch.
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Alexandre Yersin is one of Vietnam’s favourite foreign sons. There are streets, schools and universities named after him. Who was he?

Born in 1863, in Switzerland to French parents, Yersin was a Swiss and naturalised French physician and bacteriologist. He left Europe in 1890 to work as a ship’s physician in Southeast Asia. His target: a vessel on the S…

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