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    The Germ Theory of Disease which is, specific diseases are caused by specific microorganisms, changed the medical field completely. It battled the Spontaneous Generation theory that dominated the medical thought as the cause of disease. The theory originated through the work of many different physicians and would eventually change and improve the medical and public health systems. The Germ theory of disease came about around the mid 1800’s. The work of Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch would eventually help the germ theory gain wide acceptance in the medical field. But Pasteur and Koch were influenced by men like Ignaz Semmelveis, Edward Jenner, O.W. Holmes, and John Snow. These physicians helped change the medical field. Edward Jenner was a doctor from England who lived 1749-1843 and he was the first person to come up with a vaccine for small pox. Jenner had worked as a doctor for many dairy farms throughout his career. From working on these farms he noticed the disease cow-pox, which came from milking cows who had the disease. Jenner noticed that the people who had been infected with cow-pox did not…

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    Thesis: After Joseph Lister read an article of Louis Pasteur about germ theory, he remembered that in Carlisle, England, people got rid of trash smell by using a spray. He discovered that the spray used killed germs, which caused smell. "Robert Koch was the first scientist to devise a series of tests used to assess the germ theory of disease." At about 1870, the world accepted their "changing" discovery and soon the Germ Theory began. Thus the discoveries of these men revolutionized and…

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    Once this was of knowledge, Pasteur invented a process, which is now known to be pasteurization. Pasteurization would process liquids, and heat them in order to kill the majority of bacteria, and any molds if present. He performed the process for the first time on April 20th in 1862 with Claude Bernard. Once seeing contamination of beverages, Pasteur began to question if the microorganisms that cause disease also affect humans and animals. He began thinking of ways to prevent microorganisms…

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    It is rare to find someone that is a master of their trade, but when it came to saving lives through disease research Louis Pasteur is one. Throughout his entire life he stayed around educational institutions and universities. His career was very long and consisted of lots of research and much time spent in laboratories. Described as a man who would do anything for his trade, at times he was even said to put his life at risk to do his research. Countless lives have been saved due to Pasteur’s…

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    Disease and Medicine in 1840’s America America -- a young nation, still in its infancy; after declaring victory over Britain two times, and escaping the global Napoleonic War, there was an abrupt but shaky peace. The United States were hit by a massive economic revolution in a time period known to many as “Jacksonian America.” But when asked of what 1840’s America was like, most people would say familiar phrases heard in a history class, “The Gold Rush,” “Mexican-American War,” and “Manifest…

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    Francesco disproved the theory of spontaneous generation through his controlled experiment with the maggots and the meat. Redi hypothesized that maggots did not magically appear from the meat, like the people at the time thought, but rather hatched from the objects deposited by the flies. He tested this by placing meat in two jars, one with no lid (the control group) and the other with a cloth cover (the experimental group). If spontaneous generation was valid, then both jars would’ve had…

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    Louis pasteur discover many things, in 1864 he discovers pasteurization. One of the reason why louis pasteur was so important was because he created a process called pasteurization. Pasteurization is process that destroys pathogens in milk, wine, and other food. If we didn't have this process then all of food would go bad, and we wouldn't have anything to eat. It's a simple process that change everything. Pasteurization is a process that kills bacteria with heat. Pasteur made a huge impact on…

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    The underlying focus of Miasma theory relied on the theory of bad air caused by the environment. The new environments of the tropics being explored by the western world and the new environment of cities created by the industrialization in the nineteenth century, provided new types of bad air, and thus best explained the emergence of diseases as epidemics. Malaria became a major problem in the tropics, and Cholera became a major problem in the cities. The mechanism of spreading for cholera and…

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    Germ Theory

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    INTRODUCTION Germs, something that has plagued every living thing since their inception into this world. As a child, one might hear their mother shout out, “do not touch that, you will get germs.” It was not clear at that moment what exactly she was talking about; nevertheless, in that moment that child knew it was in everyone’s best interest not to touch whatever it was that she told them no to. Likewise, at one point humankind did not know that germs existed. It was not until the 1800’s that…

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    founding of germ theory at the turn of the 20th century, society adapted it to pre-existing assumptions about ethnicity, race, and class. “The new discipline of bacteriology amassed persuasive evidence identifying particular microbes as responsible for such deadly diseases as cholera, tuberculosis, gonorrhea, typhoid fever, scarlet fever, and diphtheria (p. 234. Chapter introduction). This quote shows how bacteriology was giving a scientific reason for the worst diseases plaguing society. One…

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