Germ Theory of Disease

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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Germ Theory of Disease

Anthrax Spores

Originally published at AnimalResearch.Info Proving the germ theory of disease was the crowning achievement of the French scientist Louis Pasteur. He was not the first to propose that diseases were caused by microscopic organisms, but the view was controversial in the 19th century, and opposed the accepted theory of “spontaneous generation”. Pasteur set out to understand the fermentation process, and ...

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Louis Pasteur and the Germ Theory

Pasteur conducting germ theory experiment in his laboratory

Excerpted from Stanford University School of Medicine and the Predecessor Schools: An Historical Perspective by John L. Wilson. Used with permission by the Stanford Medical History Center. The Germ Theory In 1854 Pasteur, then 32 years of age, was appointed Professor of Chemistry and Dean of the newly organized Faculté des Sciences in the city of Lille, the richest center ...

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Philadelphia Water Troubles at an End

Philadelphia water contamination - Pasteur-Chamberlad Filter

The Schuylkill River Water made Pure, Healthful and Clear as Crystal, and FREE FROM ALL GERMS OF TYPHOID FEVER, CHOLERA, CHOLERA INFANTUM, DIPTHERIA, Etc., by being Purified through the ONLY Germ-Proof Filter in the World — THE PASTEUR GERM-PROOF WATER FILTER The name of Louis Pasteur is now a familiar household word throughout all civilized countries of the world and ...

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Paster, Germ Theory and Hydrophobia

Louis Pasteur on cover of Le Don Quichotte magazine

This article is an excerpt of Gibson’s larger work, “The Wonders of Scientific Discovery.” It has been remarked in the preceding chapter that in the mind of the general public it is in connection with hydrophobia that the name of Pasteur is best known. The year before Pasteur’s discovery there were sixty-seven deaths from hydrophobia in Great Britain alone. In ...

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Hydrophobia: An Account of M. Pasteur’s System (Chapter 1)

Dog Cage Used for Rabies Tests

A SHORT DESCRIPTION OF HYDROPHOBIA FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES DOWN TO THE END OF 1880 Seven years ago, in 1880, rabies or hydrophobia had already been known, dreaded, and studied, in Europe, for more than 2,000 years. Countless authors had written upon it, beginning, so far we can ascertain, with Democritus in the fifth century B.C., down to and including ...

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Predatory Leadership & Louis Pasteur – What is The Connection?

Portrait of Louis Pasteur

Originally published on the Predatory Leadership Blog on December 7, 2008 and re-produced here with the author’s permission. Lack of awareness of the global impact of predatory leaders today is akin to the lack of understanding of the causes of disease prior the research and discoveries of Pasteur, Lister and Koch. Until then, doctors knew nothing about bacteria, virus and ...

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Vaccine Milestones: Louis Pasteur

Louis Pasteur Vaccinating Sheep

In the last quarter of the 19th century, scientists identified bacteria as the cause of many diseases, including cholera, typhoid fever, anthrax, plague, diphtheria, and tuberculosis. In France microbiologist and chemist Louis Pasteur had noticed that cultures of fowl cholera lost their virulence if they were left inactive for two weeks. When chickens were inoculated with the old cultures, they ...

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