What Is Germ Theory?

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Shaping Modern Science explores some of the greatest scientific discoveries of our time and the people and events behind them. Fascinating stories reveal the difficulties scientists faced as they challenged existing beliefs and worked to advance scientific understanding.

Before germs were discovered, people believed that diseases were a punishment for sins and crimes. In the 1860s, French chemist Louis Pasteur uncovered the basis of the modern Germ Theory, which enabled him to ...

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Overview

Shaping Modern Science explores some of the greatest scientific discoveries of our time and the people and events behind them. Fascinating stories reveal the difficulties scientists faced as they challenged existing beliefs and worked to advance scientific understanding.

Before germs were discovered, people believed that diseases were a punishment for sins and crimes. In the 1860s, French chemist Louis Pasteur uncovered the basis of the modern Germ Theory, which enabled him to develop vaccines for anthrax, rabies, and other deadly diseases. What is Germ Theory? examines the early work of scientists in the field, the resistance they faced from the medical community, and how Germ Theory continues to influence modern medicine.

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Children's Literature - Hazel Buys
Interest in understanding and treating diseases of the mind and the body appeared in the earliest human societies. Early remedies were of questionable value because the cause of disease was unknown. Potions and charms were said to ward off evil spirits. Bloodletting was thought to release stale blood. It wasn't until the 19th century that germ theory as we understand it today was developed. Louis Pasteur, a French chemist, was asked to investigate why some wines would spoil and become bitter. His experiments built on previous work and advanced the understanding of microorganisms and their role in disease. The theory of microorganisms, also known as germ theory, replaced ideas about miasma and spontaneous regeneration. From Hippocrates to germ warfare, the scientists and ideas that have contributed to our modern understanding of how germs cause disease are presented. The book's succinct text is supported by color photographs and dynamic graphics. Sidebars, offset in contrasting colors, add relevant details on each page. "Quick Facts," offset within the image of a magnifying glass, add one- to three-sentence summaries of interesting, related information. This book from the "Shaping Modern Science" series closes with a timeline, a glossary, a list of books and websites titled "For More Information," and an index. It would be a good addition to a middle or high school science class or library. Reviewer: Hazel Buys
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778772019
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/28/2011
  • Series: Shaping Modern Science Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Is Germ Theory? 4

Chapter 1 A History of Germs 8

Chapter 2 Ideas and Experiments 16

Chapter 3 Germ Theory Takes Shape 22

Chapter 4 What Are Viruses? 28

Chapter 5 Fighting Back! 36

Chapter 6 The Work of Germs 44

Chapter 7 The Cutting Edge 52

Timeline 58

Glossary 60

For More Information 62

Index 64

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