Germ Theory of Disease

Google Celebrates Robert Koch

Google Celebrates Robert Koch

Robert Koch was a German physician and microbiologist. Today Google celebrated Robert Koch, one day prior to his 174th birthday, with a custom “doodle” on the Google home page: Koch won the Nobel Prize in 1905. There is a long standing controversy between the work of Koch and Louis Pasteur regarding the discovery of germ theory.  

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M. Pasteur and Hydrophobia

Originally published in Science magazine, Vol. 16, No. 388 (Jul. 11, 1890), pp. 23-25 IT is now five years since M. Pasteur introduced to the medical world his alleged cure for hydrophobia. If his much-vaunted discovery possesses all the merits which have been claimed for it, he has earned a fair title to the gratitude of mankind. If, on the ...

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Louis Pasteur, the Father of Immunology?

Pasteur conducting germ theory experiment in his laboratory

Originally published April 10, 2012 by the US National Library of Medicine INTRODUCTION As a student of immunology, I learned that Louis Pasteur was really the father of immunology, despite Edward Jenner’s pioneering introduction of vaccination to prevent smallpox in 1798 (Smith, 2011). Although successful, Jenner’s experiments led to no understanding as to how immunity develops. By comparison, in addition ...

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Pasteur’s Treatment for Hydrophobia

Dog Cage Used for Rabies Tests

Originally published in The British Medical Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1366 (Mar. 5, 1887), pp. 532-534 At a recent meeting of the Académie de Médecine, M. Grancher replied, int he name of M. Pasteur, to the allegations of M. Peter respecting hte death of a patient suffering from hydrophobia. The patient in question had received nineteen inoculations, and not thirty-six, ...

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Virchow’s Cell Theory vs Pasteur’s Germ Theory

Illustration of Virchow's Cell Theory

Originally published online by with Richar G Fiddian-Green on CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal, September 3, 2004 The Germ Theory was formulated by Louis Pasteur along with Robert Koch. The Germ Theory of disease states that “a specific disease is caused by a specific type of microorganism.” The theory gained strong support from the Viennese obstetrician, Dr. Ignac Semmelweis, who ...

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Note on Pasteur’s Travels to Egypt for Cholera Research

Cholera bacteria

This article was originally published in The Laws of Life, Volume 28, page 246 M. Pasteur, in his instructions to the French Scientific Commission sent to Egypt to investigate the nature of cholera, acts on the hypothesis that the disease enters the human organism by the digestive canal, and not through the air passages. It is directed that all articles ...

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Review of On Fermentation by P. Schützenberger

Paul Schutzenberger - 1863

This article was originally published in the Pharmaceutical Journal and Transactions, April 7, 1877, pp. 827-828 REVIEW On Fermentation. By P. Schützenberger (Director at the Chemical Laboratory at the Sorbonne). H.S. King and Co. London: 1876 This work forms the 20th volume of the International Scientific Series, and as might be expected from the pen of the author, it constitutes ...

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The Dispute Between M. Pasteur and Dr. Bastian

Louis Pasteur in his workshop with microscope

This article was originally published in the Pharmaceutical Journal and Transactions, August 4, 1877, pp. 89-90 The hope that, for once, a dispute between scientific men on a point of fact might be settle rationally, and that it would be conclusively ascertained whether Dr. Bastian was right in affirming, or M. Pasteur in denying, that bacterial will swarm in previously ...

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A Note Confirming Pasteur’s research on Septicemia

Emergine Infectious Disease magazine cover

This is an excerpt from an entry originally published in the Pharmaceutical Journal and Transactions, March 10, 1878, p. 769 In a note communicated by Pasteur to the Academy of Medicine, regarding septicæmia, he points out that the vibrios characteristic of this disease cannot sustain the presence of oxygen, but they can live in vacuo and in carbonic anhydride and ...

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