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germ theory

n.
The doctrine holding that infectious diseases are caused by the activity of microorganisms within the body.

germ theory

n
1. (Medicine) the theory that all infectious diseases are caused by microorganisms
2. (Biology) the theory that living organisms develop from other living organisms by the growth and differentiation of germ cells

germ′ the`ory


n.
1. the theory that infectious diseases are due to the agency of germs or microorganisms.
2. biogenesis.
[1870–75]
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Noun1.germ theory - (medicine) the theory that all contagious diseases are caused by microorganismsgerm theory - (medicine) the theory that all contagious diseases are caused by microorganisms
scientific theory - a theory that explains scientific observations; "scientific theories must be falsifiable"
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See Thomas Brock, ed, Milestones in Microbiology (Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1965), 65-120 for examples of articles done by these researchers in their discovery of the germ theory. See also APHA, A Half Century of Public Health (New York, 1921) 13-6; see also Frederick Gorham, "A History of Bacteriology and Its Contribution to Public Health Work," 66-93, in APHA, A Half Century.
Germ theory, at least as far as clinical practice was concerned, appears to have caused a great deal of confusion within the medical community.
It wasn't until the latter half of the 19th century that Rudolf Virchow described the workings of cellular pathology and became the founder of contemporary pathology practice and the dissemination of the germ theory of disease.
When the Quran calls itself the exposition of all things [16:89], it cannot mean medical science- why, it doesn't even mention germ theory! There is healing in the Quran, no doubt, but it's for those ills that afflict the bosoms of men [10:57].
To advance this theoretical amplification, we situate miasmatism--the idea that environmental degeneracy produces bad smells that carry disease--as a historical disease etiology overtaken, but whose logics were never fully displaced, by the insights of germ theory. As a visual and olfactory mode of detecting circulating disease, miasmatic sensory logics were incorporated into germ discoveries to create what David Barnes (2006) names as a public "sanitary-bacteriological-synthesis," allowing miasma to retain cultural resonance despite obsolete scientific underpinnings.
The germ theory that has dominated modern medicine focused on bad germs entering our bodies and wreaking havoc, but now, there's a more sophisticated understanding of how the germs within our own body are also vital in determining whether we are healthy or not.
The book chronicles captivating accounts from the conception of the germ theory of disease and the scientific discovery of these life-saving medications to the interplay among the countless contributing idiosyncratic and imperfect individuals and organizations involved, including the pharmaceutical titans.
Two centuries ago, the science and medical communities had not yet accepted the germ theory of disease, and the smell of beef was commonly thought to cause obesity.
This book describes the responses to foul odors in Paris in 1880 and 1895 and how public health knowledge and practice changed or remained the same between the two episodes, including the role of the germ theory of disease.
Reflecting on the history of decline in breast feeding, he said that industrialization in the western world, germ theory and promotion of the formula milk since 1915 has been playing central role in the decline of breast feeding.
Dr Snow's work gave birth to germ theory and epidemiology - the study of diseases in populations, their incidence, distribution, control and other health determinants in populations.His story ties in with the cancer pandemic we are facing today.
The number of recent past theories, such as the germ theory, the special theory of relativity, the kinetic theory, and evolutionary theory, is far larger than the number of distant past theories, such as the humoral theory, the ether theory, the caloric theory, and the phlogiston theory.