Since humankind's earliest days, the rise of civilization has led to a huge increase in the number and types of diseases that afflict the human population. Early prevailing theories about the causes of and cures for disease included superstitious beliefs, the application of herbal remedies, and the well-meant but ultimately misguided humoral theory of disease, a concept that persisted into the 19th century. Presenting a comprehensive history of the development of the germ theory of disease, Germ Theory profiles the major scientists who helped the theory, including Leeuwenhoek, Jenner, Pasteur, Lister, Koch, Walter Reed, and others. The discussion ends with an exploration of antibiotics and the modern problem of disease-resistance due to overuse of these drugs.
Full-color photographs and illustrations. Sidebars. Further reading. Web sites. References. Glossary. Index.
About the Author(s)
Natalie Goldstein is a long-time science writer who has master’s degrees in education from the City College of New York and environmental science from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and has written several science books for children and young adults. She has also written extensively on science and health topics for elementary school, middle school, and high school textbooks.