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Germ theory : medical pioneers in infectious diseases

Author: Robert P Gaynes
Publisher: Washington, DC : ASM Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
"From Hippocrates and Avicenna to Paul Ehrlich and Lillian Wald, Germ Theory brings to life a dozen medical pioneers whose work changed the way we think about and treat infection."--Back cover.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert P Gaynes
ISBN: 9781555815295 1555815294
OCLC Number: 713567512
Description: xii, 329 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine --
Avicenna, a thousand years ahead of his time --
Girolamo Fracastoro and Contagion in renaissance medicine --
Antony van Leeuwenhoek and the birth of microscopy --
The demise of the humoral theory of medicine --
Edward Jenner and the discovery of vaccination --
Ignaz Semmelweis and the control of puerperal sepsis --
Louis Pasteur and the germ theory of disease --
Robert Koch and the rise of bacteriology --
Joseph Lister, the man who made surgery safe --
Paul Ehrlich and the magic bullet --
Alexander Fleming and the discovery of penicillin --
Lillian Wald and the foundations of modern public health --
Responsibility: Robert P. Gaynes.


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