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What factors enabled the revolution in understanding about germs and vaccinations to take place?
To identify the changes that took place in ideas about the cause of disease
as a result of the discovery of germ theory, and to explain why this contributed
to the development of more effective treatments (vaccinations).
Read this short page about Germ Theory and these biographies of Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch. Using the information on these pages, create an interactive timeline (using the timeline generator on classtools.net) showing how the development of Germ Theory led to the introduction of vaccines for numerous diseases.
Now consider the different factors that led to the discovery of Germ Theory and the improvements that followed its acceptance.
Referring to the information on your timeline and on the pages you have already read through, complete this interactive diagram (from schoolhistory.co.uk)
Further information about Pasteur and Germ Theory can be found on these sites:
Remember - the development of vaccines was not the end of
the battle against diseases. There have been many subsequent improvements
in terms of developing immunology and drugs that tackle various diseases.
See the infectious disease section of the main part of this website for
further details. In the meantime, why not play
the immune system defender game created by the Nobel Foundation.
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