Knowledge and ideas ranging from the germ theory
of disease to the research that linked smoking to lung cancer have observable links with health, and it is not hard to know what to do to implement such knowledge and reap the health benefits.
Consider the germ theory
of disease versus the angry gods.
Florence Nightingale, who never actually nursed anyone in her life and whose refusal to accept the germ theory
caused untold deaths among her patients in the Crimea, was also a devotee of opium.
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Louis Pasteur's curiosity about why beer spoils led to the germ theory
, "the cornerstone of modern medicine.
Why Millions Died Before the War on Infectious Diseases is a keenly whetted study of the atrociously slow evolution and acceptance of the germ theory
Although Pasteur left an impressive legacy of scientific contributions in several fields--crystallography, bacteriology, germ theory
, and vaccination--his work in posthumous discovery science is not well documented.
Subsequently, he developed an interest in fermentation, a subject around which the emerging germ theory
clashed with the theory of spontaneous generation.
Some of the miasmatists, aligned with the sanitarian movement, saw the germ theory
as just another excuse for governments to avoid spending money on public health infrastructure such as garbage disposal and provision of clean drinking water.
Eating food off the floor, believe it or not, did not become taboo until the 19th century with the formulation of the modern germ theory
However, some positions held by Nightingale have been strongly denounced, for example her opposition to the registration of nurses, her submission to medical authority when organizing care at the military hospital in Crimea, her opposition to the germ theory
of infection and her insistence on having women only join the profession.
Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch establish the germ theory
But modern medicine did not take note, and pasteurization and the germ theory
of disease produced income--so it remained--along with vaccination and supposed immunization, injecting the weakened microbe in order to stimulate the immune system to develop a complete immunity.
Others, such as the doubts of Samuel Gross on the germ theory
of Lister, sound quaint and fortunately outmoded.
Between the lines--Tayman does not address it--one can discern both the strength of the model of germ theory
and the trap that models lay for us.