Germ Hypothesis. Part 1 – Pasteur’s Problem

According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, the germ “theory” of disease, which states that certain diseases are caused by the invasion of the body by microorganisms too small to be seen, has “long been considered proved.”

Harvard University says that the “theory” was “developed, proved, and popularized in Europe and North America between about 1850 and 1920.” Wikipedia claims that the germ “theory” of disease is “the currently accepted scientific theory for many diseases.”

Papers published in scientific journals claim that Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch “firmly established the germ theory of disease” and that they “first proved the germ theory of disease in the second half of the nineteenth century.”

Thus, if we were to listen to what the mainstream sources declare, it would appear that the germ “theory” of disease has been scientifically proven based upon the evidence established by Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch.

We are to believe that the work of these two men allowed for the initial germ hypothesis to be “proven” in order to be elevated to the status of a scientific theory.

However, is that truly the case?

Did Pasteur and Koch provide the necessary scientific evidence required in order to confirm the germ hypothesis?

What does it take to accept or reject a hypothesis?

How does a hypothesis go on to become a scientific theory?

In the first of a two-part examination of the germ hypothesis Mike Stone of takes a close look at the work of both men.

He begins by inspecting two of Pasteur’s early attempts to prove his hypothesis in the cases of chicken cholera and rabies.

He investigates how Pasteur arrived at his germ hypothesis, and then looks to see if his experimental evidence reflected anything that could be witnessed in nature.

By reading this excellent essay you will find out whether or not Louis Pasteur was ever able to validate and confirm his germ hypothesis.

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Highly Recommended.


7:44 pm on May 18, 2024