Factors affecting understanding of the causes of illness and disease - Renaissance

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  • Factors affecting understanding of the causes of illness and disease
    • Individuals
      • Pasteur
        • Made the process a lot quicker than it would have been without them
      • Koch
        • Made the process a lot quicker than it would have been without them
      • John Tyndall and Joseph Lister
    • Institutions
      • The British Government
        • weren't interested in getting involved in everyday life.
        • Since Germ Theory offered no practical solution to the problem of disease, they did not promote it.
        • More willing to intervene when people got the ability to vote
    • Science
      • There were strong desires to prove new theories and provide practical solutions to scientific problems.
      • Better communication lead to scientists being able to share their theories more easily and so they could be checked and tested faster.
    • Technology
      • The microscope allowed for higher magnification and clearer images
      • Koch's method of growing microbes and dyes.
    • Attitudes in society
      • People were more interested in finding the reasons behind disease than they had been in previous centuries.
      • People were horrified at the state of the cities: the possibility of an outbreak was terrifying.
        • It would decrease the amount of people able to work, so business men agreed with looking for a 'cure'
      • People's reluctance to change their minds slowed down the spread of Germ Theory.

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