Miasma theory of disease

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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 malaria, were believed to be best explained by the proposed Miasma theory with the disease being caused by the air. In the case of cholera, the sewer system gives off the bad air, and in the case of malaria, the standing water gives off the bad air. It…

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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…

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    account of the idea of “contagion”. What fueled it? Without microscopes, how could they understand contagion? What are Miasmas? Humans have explored the causes of diseases and how they are transmitted for thousands of years. Hippocrates and another Greek philosopher Herodotus discussed diseases such as smallpox. Since 1500 BC, different societies began inventing new ways to treat water and improve the quality. For example, Hippocrates invited the practice of filtering water after 500 BC.…

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    How John Snow’s Skepticism and Open-mindedness Influenced His Method of Conducting Research At the beginning of the 18th century little was known about cholera transmission or disease communication in general. The miasma theory was in full force. Most of the science world accepted the miasma theory and completely rejected any other theory for disease transmittance. This greatly hindered advancements in research of communicable diseases because miasmas were understood as a fact and no…

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