History of Microbiolog3

History of Microbiolog3 - indicate that there was a vague...

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History of Microbiology: Best to think in terms of recurring themes: 1. Cause and cure of diseases 2. Nature of Putrefaction/Fermentation 3. Controversy over Spontaneous Generation. Ancients felt the world filled with invisible spirits which would explain things we couldn't understand. a. Death and Disease, Disability (there has to be a reason) WE STILL STRUGGLE WITH THESE THINGS IDEAS TODAY. Greeks had anthropomorphic gods who interacted with them and could cause disease. Later Greeks lost faith in their gods and formulated other ideas. They were noted thinkers. Example: Hippocrates--disease comes from an imbalance of intrinsic factors (nutrition) and extrinsic factors--air, exercise, etc. Four elements of importance to balance: blood, phlegm, yellow bile, black bile. When these get out of balance problems occur. Bleeding to intervene. Today we infuse (add) blood with different ends in mind. Hebrews and Egyptians believed in God and an afterlife. Some biblical accounts
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Unformatted text preview: indicate that there was a vague notion of contagion developing --"Don't sleep in the House of a Leper". But also could get leprosy by angering the Lord. Angry Jewish God changed in Christianity. Jewish God brought plagues famines and disease to Egyptians, for example. Aristotle and others believed in abiogenesis. Life came from inanimate material. Myths among many ancient people talk of the origin of man, even, from decaying corn. Shakespeare wrote about crockadiles coming from the mud of the Nile. Van Helmont wrote recipe for mice---dirty underwear, corn, in a vessel---mice come out fully formed. Solves another inexplicable problem: The origin of life. Until this is properly understood we could never understand contagion. 1546 Fracastorius of Verona wrote of contagium vivum--immersed in a syphilis epidemic at the time. Other terms "Seminaria morbi". Described transmission through inanimate objects--fomites--...
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