Pasteur and the Germ Theory of Disease

view the Lecture by Dr. Frank Snowden, Yale University available at:

and the film The Story of Louis Pasteur; Part 1 available on youtube at: and a better quality version is at:

And read:

– William Bynum, History of Medicine: A Very Short Introduction (New York; Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2008); Available as an E-book in the Hagerty Library catalogue at:  Read Chapter 5, “Medicine in the Laboratory” pp. 91-117 for the background to the story.


– Louis Pasteur, “The Germ Theory and its Application to Medicine and Surgery,” in Charles W. Eliot, ed., Scientific Papers: Physiology, Medicine, Surgery, Geology (New York: Collier, [c1910].1910). Read pages 382-389.  Available as an E-Book in the HagertyLibrary Catalogue at:;view=1up;seq=9

Then discuss: Use the materials assigned to discuss how Pasteur’s version of the germ theory of disease contributed to, or changed medical practice.


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