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A Science Odyssey

1900: The era of scientific medicine is only just beginning. If you become sick or injured, you'll need a strong constitution, or plenty of luck, to survive. It's been a few decades since the French scientist Louis Pasteur discovered the microscopic creatures we call "bacteria" and demonstrated that these "germs" could cause many illnesses. But despite these discoveries, many people continue to blame sickness on a variety of human traits and social conditions -- a poor constitution, a "degenerate" lifestyle, or miasmic clouds of filth emanating from city slums. Though the scientific community knows that germs cause disease, they don't completely understand how they're spread, and they certainly don't know how to destroy them.

Here are a few steps on the science odyssey from then to now, including links to activities and databank entries on this site.



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