Koch was a German Scientist. He used Pasteur's findings of the
late 1860's to begin his own study into the cause of disease.
had the advantage of being a Doctor, so he could apply medical
knowledge to his experimentation. By 1875 he had successfully
identified the microbe that caused Anthrax. A link was now made
between germs and diseases, which allowed for Jenner's earlier
work to now be more fully understood and used. (Pasteur found
the vaccine for Anthrax in 1881).
used this new knowledge to begin a study of the causes of blood
poisoning, or septicemia. He knew that a Microbe must be responsible
for causing the spread of the disease, but at first couldn't
see the microbe, even with the aid of the most powerful microscopes.
Industrialisation however led to the development of dyes that
could be used to stain microbes. Koch created a liquid that
contained just one germ, and dyed it. Through testing on mice
he could show that this specific microbe, or germ, was responsible
for the spread of the disease. (Koch photographed the spread
of the dye, the start of the disease and it's spread to prove
later developed a solid culture to grow germs on. This meant
that germ theory could be done much more reliably than with
liquid cultures such as those by pasteur.
work led him to discover the germs that caused tuberculosis
fight against infectious disease: pages within this unit
is an Infectious Disease? A
Glossary of Infectious Diseases, Edward
Jenner, Louis Pasteur, Robert
Koch, Vaccination, The
Development of Drugs, Paul
Florey and Ernst Chain, The
importance of Penicillin, Factors
affecting the development of drugs and treatments.
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