germ theory


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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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Knowledge and ideas ranging from the germ theory of disease to the research that linked smoking to lung cancer have observable links with health, and it is not hard to know what to do to implement such knowledge and reap the health benefits.
His work in germ theory also led him and his team to create vaccinations for anthrax, chicken cholera and rabies.
Consider the germ theory of disease versus the angry gods.
Florence Nightingale, who never actually nursed anyone in her life and whose refusal to accept the germ theory caused untold deaths among her patients in the Crimea, was also a devotee of opium.
an understanding of germs and the germ theory of disease), and chemical medicine and paved the way for modern medicine.
Even Florence Nightingale didn't accept germ theory, though she did understand the important of cleanliness.
Instituted in Talmudic times, long before the germ theory of disease was understood, metzitzah b'peh was once thought to disinfect the wound.
Louis Pasteur's curiosity about why beer spoils led to the germ theory, "the cornerstone of modern medicine.
Why Millions Died Before the War on Infectious Diseases is a keenly whetted study of the atrociously slow evolution and acceptance of the germ theory of disease.
They detail how Lister first came up with the idea of antisepsis, through the use of the then novel germ theory, proposed by Louis Pasteur, and consequently made surgery 'scientific' (Worboys 2000).
Although Pasteur left an impressive legacy of scientific contributions in several fields--crystallography, bacteriology, germ theory, and vaccination--his work in posthumous discovery science is not well documented.
Subsequently, he developed an interest in fermentation, a subject around which the emerging germ theory clashed with the theory of spontaneous generation.