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germ theory

[′jərm ‚thē·ə·rē]
(medicine)
The theory that contagious and infectious diseases are caused by microorganisms.
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The germ theory of disease dominated public health science until the middle of the 20th century, to the point that "the search for other than microbial causes of disease [nearly ceased]" (Susser & Susser, 1996x, p.
His great contribution came in 1862 when he published evidence for the germ theory of disease.
The germ theory of disease began to be applied towards the amelioration of health and sanitation.
This effective unifying thesis is offered in the introduction, and results of international influences are indeed reported, ranging in time from acceptance of the germ theory of disease to adoption of antibiotics and (for health education) the latest forms of mass communication; furthermore, local problems that faced the department are enumerated in considerable detail.
Novy introduced to his fellow American scientists a new concept developed in the laboratories of Europe: the germ theory of disease.
Recall that the germ theory of disease would not gain strong acceptance among scientists for a century.
For those "chiropractic at heart," the aforementioned germ theory of disease should ring the same as, "if the production of that bump caused deafness (i.