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Germ Theory

Medical Pioneers in Infectious Diseases

Publication Date:
August 31, 2011
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342 pages

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  • About the Book

    Book Summary

    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



    This title is published by the American Society of Microbiology Press and distributed by Taylor and Francis in rest of world territories.

  • Contents

    Table of Contents About the Author Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Hippocrates, the Father of Modern Medicine Chapter 3 Avicenna, a Thousand Years Ahead of His Time Chapter 4 Girolamo Fracastoro and Contagion in Renaissance Medicine Chapter 5 Antony van Leeuwenhoek and the Birth of Microscopy Chapter 6 The Demise of the Humoral Theory of Medicine Chapter 7 Edward Jenner and the Discovery of Vaccination Chapter 8 Ignaz Semmelweis and the Control of Puerperal Sepsis Chapter 9 Louis Pasteur and the Germ Theory of Medicine Chapter 10 Robert Koch and the Rise of Bacteriology Chapter 11 Joseph Lister, the Man Who Made Surgery Safe Chapter 12 Paul Ehrlich and the Magic Bullet Chapter 13 Alexander Fleming and the Discovery of Penicillin Chapter 14 Lillian Wald and the Foundations of Modern Public Health Chapter 15 Conclusions Index