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About this Lecture
In this final module, we explore all the ideas from the previous modules through the lens of the 19th-century's greatest killer - tuberculosis. The changing names given to tuberculosis perfectly describe the effect Germ Theory and the Bacteriological Revolution had on medicine. Medicine in the 19th-century moved from describing the symptoms of a disease to being able to describe a disease based on its causes. This being said, Germ Theory and the Bacteriological Revolution did not bring revolutionary change to the treatment of disease in the 19th-century.
In this course, Professor Michael Worboys (University of Manchester) explores the Germ Theory of Disease and the Bacteriological Revolution in the period 1860 to 1900. In the first module, we look at the ideas that existed about the causes and spread of infectious diseases before Germ Theory. We then turn to examine the theory itself. After this, we look at whether the Bacteriological Revolution can truly be called a revolution. The fourth module discusses Louis Pasteur’s work on vaccines. The fifth follows the career of Robert Koch and his creation of laboratory methods to investigate germs and their actions. In the final module, we review the key ideas of the course by showing how the understanding, prevention, and treatment of tuberculosis changed over the period.
Michael Worboys is Emeritus Professor at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM) at the University of Manchester. He has written widely on the subject of Germ Theory and the Bacteriological Revolution, including a number of notable articles and his book Rabies in Britain: Dogs, Disease and Culture, 1830–2000. He has also contributed to the BBC Radio Series 'In Our Time' on the subject of Louis Pasteur.
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Worboys, M. (2021, June 29). Medicine Through Time – Germ Theory and the Bacteriological Revolution, 1860-1900 - Tuberculosis [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/medicine-through-time-germ-theory-and-the-bacteriological-revolution-c-1860-1900/tuberculosis
Worboys, M. "Medicine Through Time – Germ Theory and the Bacteriological Revolution, 1860-1900 – Tuberculosis." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 29 Jun 2021, https://www.massolit.io/courses/medicine-through-time-germ-theory-and-the-bacteriological-revolution-c-1860-1900/tuberculosis