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Early Health and Medicine Today our personal health is often something we take for granted because over the years we have developed more advanced vitimens medicines and cures for numerous sicknesses In the early days getting sick was much more terrifying than it is today The cures for diseases were not much healthier than the diseases themselves Any illness in the early 19th century could be very serious no matter how big or small For example today cancer is considered a very serious disease because we have yet to discover an absolute cause or cure Altough centuries ago people were not aware of what caused a a common cold or simply yet one didnt even know what a germ even was Louis Pasteur 1822-1895 was the famous French scientest who first discovered germs and that they were the main cause of most diseases After Pasteurs significant discovery people began to be much more conscious of their personal hygiene Such as brushing their teeht and bathing more persistently Pastuer opened the doors to a series of new remedies and discoveries Some of these would include pasteurized milkyou can see where it received its name bacteria fermentation yeast and rabiesto name a few Within a year of Pasteurs remedy for rabies he treated and cured maore than 2000 patients A German pathologist named Robert Kock 1843-1910 studied a disease called diptheria Koch learned htat diptheria bacteria or bacilli could only be found in samples from a patients throat Although Koch could not understand how diptheria was somehow affecting the victims heart Finally Koch concluded that the bacilli produced a toxin that circulated the bodyand damaged heart cells Soon Koch developed an antitoxin that both cured and prevented the disease Lastly a scottish docter nmed Joseph Lister1786-1869 was worried about surgical infection Lister researhed Pasteurs germ discovery and expanded on it Lister wondered if the
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