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The significance of Louis Pasteur, Robert Koch and Paul Elrich.

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The significance of Louis Pasteur, Robert Koch and Paul Elrich. Before Louis Pasteur it was believed that miasma (bad air) caused disease and that spontaneous generation the process in which decaying matter creates living organisms such as maggots and other insect to be the way in which that decaying matter would end up with living organisms on it. In 1861 Louis Pasteur discovered microbes after performing experiments for the alcohol industry to find out why the wines and beers where going bad he could not have done this with out the new technologies of the time such as the powerful electron micro scopes. ...read more.

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After experimentation with chickens Pasteur and his lab partner found out that if you inject a weakened sample of the chicken cholera in the chickens they become immune to the infection after this Pasteur also discovered a vaccine for tuberculosis. After having studied both of these great scientist I cannot come to a decision about who is more important in the history of medicine as if pateurs work on the germ theory hadn't have been done Koch would not have worked to make bacteriology but if Koch had not done this pasture would not have gone back to find a vaccine for chicken cholera. ...read more.

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In conclusion to looking at all three of these historic figures I still cannot make a decision on which one is the most significant in the history of medicine and cannot make a solid decision on who had the biggest impact on the history of medicine and why. Because on the one hand if Pasteur did not discover germs and Publish his germ theory no other scientists could of carried on research in to germs and find vaccines and how to kill germs there for Pasteur should be the most significant but if Koch wouldn't have done his work on microbe we wouldn't be able to diffenciate between micro organism stopping us from developing vaccines so no matter who you talk about every made a contribution and with out any of them we could not be where we are today. ...read more.

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