Chapter 8 King Cholera
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Chapter 8: King Cholera Page 159-188
- A.k.a. cholera morbus, cholera of death
- Max von Pettenkofer committed suicide because of cholera morbus (“cholera of death”), but not because
of the disease itself, but his failed theory of it – factor in air, x, when united with factor in soil, caused
- 1835: Cholera swept across Russia and into Munich (Pettenkofer’s home city) – where public water was
filthy and drank by the poor (died by diarrhea and fever).
- Epidemic began in slums, the poor suffered the most, but the rich suffered as well.
- Cholera was believed to travel by air.
- Pettenkofer thought it was caused by filth, laziness, and neglected hygiene – unhealthy environment.
- John Snow said that the pump in the neighbourhoods most affected had “white flocculent particles”;
Pettenkofer dismissed Snow’s findings because he did not take soil into consideration.
- In 1857, Louis Pasteur demonstrated that fermentation required a living microbe (yeast) & that wine
soured b/c \
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