GCSE HISTORY - example questions.

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2) The boxes below show two important events -

(Louis Pasteur published his work on Germ theory in 1861)

(Watson and Crick published their discovery of DNA in 1953)

Choose one event and explain why it was important in improving our understanding of the causes of ill health.

Pasteur's germ theory had great significance on improving our understanding of the causes of ill health. Not only did it allow doctors to finally find the cause of illnesses and banish ideas such as the 'Four humours' and 'Miasmas' for good, it also allowed new discoveries such as Flemming and penicillin to be found, and used to cure diseases.

Firstly, before Pasteur's theory, doctors did not know exactly what caused diseases. They mostly believed in Misasmas - during the Middle Ages and later periods etc, or the theory of the…




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Robert koch was a french bacteriologist. he was requested from by french  beer industry due to a problem and loss of money. pasteur discovered that the micro-organisms in the air were the one that made the fermentation process happen. he tested this by using swan neck and open neck flasks. he boiled the water and filled both of the flasks. in the swans neck flask the liquid was still clean because the germs from the air could not enter it. he published his work in 1861. he discovered vaccination of anthrax, rabies and chicken choloera.

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