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Discovery of the Germ
John Waller (au). From Hippocrates to Louis Pasteur, the medical profession relied on mistaken ideas as to the cause of infectious illness. Bleeding, induced vomiting & mysterious nostrums remained staple remedies. Surgeons spread infection from patient to patient. Then came the germ revolution: after two decades doctors at last realized that infectious diseases are caused by microscopic organisms. The discovery of the germ led directly to safe surgery, large-scale vaccination programs, improvements in hygiene & sanitation, & the pasteurization of dairy products. It set the stage for the brilliant emergence of antibiotic medicine. Here is a gripping insight into 20 years in the history of medicine that profoundly changed the way we view disease. Illustrations.
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