The Germ Theory Of Modern Medicine And Vaccines

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Morgan Brewer
Mrs. Canuette
H. English III
10 November 2015

The Germ Theory The germ theory is crucial in the development of modern medicine and vaccines. It states that many diseases are caused by the presence of specific microorganisms within the body and that infectious diseases caused by infectious agents. It was a theory developed in the middle 1800’s, by Louis Pasteur, Robert Koch, and Joseph Lister. This theory still underlines contemporary bio-medicine. It’s responsible for the reduction in the numbers of infectious diseases. The development of the theory eliminated environmental, diet, and climate influence on disease. The germ theory is closely associated with existing ideas about health, hygiene, and sanitation. It encouraged the reduction of disease to simple interactions with microorganisms and their host. The development was largely initiated largely by the Industrial Revolution. Infections and disease have been the biggest challenge to human health. This theory is also known as the Pathogenic Theory of Medicine. It revolutionized medicine, understanding diseases, and the microorganisms that cause them. “Infectious diseases are caused by pathogenic microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi; the diseases can be spread, directly or indirectly, from one person to another” (World Health Organization). They evolve from four main different types of germs. These are viruses, bacteria, fungi, and protozoa. Bacteria are single celled

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