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Explanation of Disease


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Middle Ages
Believed disease is sent by God or due to an imbalance in the humours
1700s
Miasma Theory takes over from the Four Humours as the most common explanation of disease
1800s
The invention of better microscopes leads to the theory of Spontaneous Generation
1861
Pasteur publishes Germ Theory - disease is caused by germs
1875
Koch proves Germ Theory by identifying the anthrax bacterium
1953
Structure of DNA discovered