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Germ Theory. Medical Pioneers in Infectious Diseases. Edition No. 1. ASM Books

  • ID: 2178825
  • Book
  • August 2011
  • 352 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Named as Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2012


From Hippocrates to Lillian Wald - the stories of scientists whose work changed the way we think about and treat infection.

  • Describes the genesis of the germ theory of disease by a dozen seminal thinkers such as Jenner, Lister, and Ehrlich.
  • Presents the "inside stories" of these pioneers' struggles to have their work accepted, which can inform strategies for tackling current crises in infectious diseases and motivate and support today's scientists.
  • Relevant to anyone interested in microbiology, infectious disease, or how medical discoveries shape our modern understanding
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Acknowledgments vii

Preface ix

About the Author xi

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Chapter 2 Hippocrates, the Father of Modern Medicine 11

Chapter 3 Avicenna, a Thousand Years Ahead of His Time 31

Chapter 4 Girolamo Fracastoro and Contagion in Renaissance Medicine 45

Chapter 5 Antony van Leeuwenhoek and the Birth of Microscopy 63

Chapter 6 The Demise of the Humoral Theory of Medicine 79

Chapter 7 Edward Jenner and the Discovery of Vaccination 93

Chapter 8 Ignaz Semmelweis and the Control of Puerperal Sepsis 117

Chapter 9 Louis Pasteur and the Germ Theory of Disease 143

Chapter 10 Robert Koch and the Rise of Bacteriology 173

Chapter 11 Joseph Lister, the Man Who Made Surgery Safe 207

Chapter 12 Paul Ehrlich and the Magic Bullet 235

Chapter 13 Alexander Fleming and the Discovery of Penicillin 265

Chapter 14 Lillian Wald and the Foundations of Modern Public Health 295

Chapter 15 Conclusions 311

Index 319

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