The Principles of Bacteriology

The Principles of Bacteriology

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ... is caused by a "specifically" characteristic small living thing or microbe. Most of these microbes--but not all--belong to the group of bacteria. These bacteria, which are therefore entities altogether external, are, as Koch has set forth with great clearness, the sole true and sufficient cause of the infectious diseases. Differences in these diseases are due to differences in the small living things at the bottom of the process, in the disease-producing bacteria alone. In short, bacteria constitute the "entities" of infectious disease. According to the theatrum diabolorum, the view prevailed in the Middle Ages that "every sin is under the control of and operated by a particular devil "; at present each disease in similar fashion has its own devil in the form of a specific bacillus. Beelzebub, the god of invisible evil flies, is peculiarly the protecting patron of the " specific " bacteriologists. Between this conception--a matter in which the French daily press finds its oracle in Pasteur and the German in Koch--and the conception of Virchow, there exists a profound antagonism. It is the same conflict that prevailed between Liebig and Pasteur over the physiology of fermentation. Iyiebig sought the cause of fermentation, as Virchow did that of disease, in the internal constitution of the fermentable substances, while Pasteur conceived the cause to be the external and visible yeast-cells. This conflict of opinion is now still further complicated by Pettenkofer's theory that, at least for certain diseases such as typhoid fever and cholera, the determining cause or essence is to be found in the external conditions which vary according to time and place. Here we have put forth as the true and sufficient cause...show more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236509919
  • 9781236509918