germ theory

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(medicine) the theory that all contagious diseases are caused by microorganisms

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By 1885 the Connecticut board was willing to accept the germ theory. "What a few short years ago was only argued from the standpoint of supposition, and analogy is now in many cases argued as facts, and the microscope with its improvements ...
For many laymen and physicians, germ theory elicited an image of the human body as a conveyance for all manner of dangerous microbes.
In terms of numbers and complexity: We've gone from four humors, to hundreds of toxins revealed by the germ theory of disease, to 23 pairs of chromosomes in each human being, with 25,000 genes altogether in the human genome.
With the development of germ theory in the 1860s, public health initiatives turned toward community health through projects such as widespread vaccination campaigns (World Health Organization [WHO], 1996).
By contrast, they reject present theories, such as Einsteinian mechanics and the germ theory not on the grounds that intrinsic problems with them have been exposed but on the grounds that they have problematic predecessors.
This recognition would not have been possible without one of the greatest accomplishments of the 19th century: the germ theory of disease transmission.
We have germ theory and public health and antibiotic pharmaceuticals at our disposal.
To effectively mitigate our modern social ills, we need to craft a social therapeutic response that is as effective as germ theory has been in addressing biological ones.
The germ theory, for example, was originally proposed in 1546.
Louis Pasteur, the father of microbiology and the germ theory of disease reportedly skewed some of the results of his exhaustive research endeavors to fit the narrative he was proclaiming.
Christian W McMillen pays special attention to the rise of public health and medical research in the wake of pandemics, especially as the germ theory of disease emerged in the late nineteenth century.
In the same way that antimicrobial agents are the corollary and companion of germ theory, there's every reason to believe that AI is what will enable us to apply our knowledge of "omics" (genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, etc) to human health.
Victor Vaughan's four-decade career at the University of Michigan began in an era when the "germ theory of disease"--i.e., that illness stemmed from infection--was just beginning to develop.
He furthers our understanding of the rise of pattern differentiation and disease determination before 1949 through his analysis of how infectious diseases and germ theory impacted Chinese medicine, and how reformers avoided the weak ontological conception of diseases in Chinese medicine.