Koch was a german Scientist. He used pasteur's findings
of the late 1860's to begin his own study into the cause
had the advantage of being a Doctor, so he could apply
medical knowledge to his experimentation. By 1875 he
had successfully identified the microbe that caused
Anthrax. A link was now made between germs and diseases,
which allowed for Jenner's earlier work to now be more
fully understood and used. (Pasteur found the vaccine
for Anthrax in 1881).
used this new knowledge to begin a study of the causes
of blood poisoning, or septicemia. He knew that a Microbe
must be responsible for causing the spread of the disease,
but at first couldn't see the microbe, even with the
aid of the most powerful microscopes. Industrialisation
however led to the development of dyes that could be
used to stain microbes. Koch created a liquid that contained
just one germ, and dyed it. Through testing on mice
he could show that this specific micrbe, or germ, was
responsible for the spread of the disease. (Koch photographed
the spread of the dye, the start of the disease and
it's spread to prove his theory).
later developed a solid culture to grow germs on. this
menat that germ theory could be done much more reliabily
than with liquid cultures such as those by pasteur.
work led him to discover the germs that caused tuberculosis
within this unit
is an Infectious Disease? A
Glossary of Infectious Diseases, Edward
Jenner, Louis Pasteur,
Robert Koch, Vaccination,
The Development of Drugs, Paul
Ehrlich, Gerhard Domagk,
Howard Florey and Ernst
importance of Penicillin, Factors
affecting the development of drugs and treatments.
within the Unit
activity checks your knowledge of infectious disease
and Drop game
you know who developed each form of medicine?
against Infectious Disease
the information in this unit to answer a detailed
question, then see how it compares with a suggested
response. Ideal revision tool.
did a Cow called Daisy save the world?
inquiry into the development of Penicillin.
of these fierce rivals was the greatest?
range of source based questions with prompts to
help you improve your written answers.