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
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