Germ theory

Max von Pettenkofer, 1818-1901

  Max von Pettenkofer is known as the founder of the discipline of hygiene in Germany. He was well known and highly influential for most of his professional life, much of which was concurrent with the great 19th–century cholera epidemics in Europe. After the mid–1880s, his views on the contagiousness of cholera brought him discredit in the eyes of the international bacteriology community. Pettenkofer believed that cholera was only contagious under certain circumstances. He insisted that the cholera germ, identifiedRead More

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