Ch 1: Early History of Microbiology

About This Chapter

If you need to study the early history of microbiology for a class or credit-granting exam, look no further than this convenient microbiology chapter. These fun lessons and mini quizzes can be accessed any time that fits your schedule.

Early History of Microbiology - Chapter Summary

Work through this chapter to study the early of microbiology. As you follow along with our expert science instructors, you'll become familiar with significant discoveries, developments and theories from in the history of microbiology. To help you reinforce your understanding of the lesson topics, we've included self-assessment quizzes and a chapter exam. You can complete the chapter at your own pace, and the lessons can be revisited as many times as needed. If you have a question, simply reach out to our instructors online. When you're finished with the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Summarize the history of microbiology
  • Evaluate the discoveries and theories of Anton Van Leeuwenhoek
  • Define Pasteur's germ theory of disease
  • Explain how immunity was discovered
  • Understand basic concepts pertaining to vaccines and antibiotics
  • Trace chemotherapy's development

6 Lessons in Chapter 1: Early History of Microbiology
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Microbiology? - Definition & History

1. What is Microbiology? - Definition & History

Microbiology is the study of the tiny world of microorganisms. Go deeper into the study of microbiology, learn about bacteria, viruses, and pathogens. Explore how microbiologists do their work, and the history of the discipline.

Anton Van Leeuwenhoek: Biography, Cell Theory & Discoveries

2. Anton Van Leeuwenhoek: Biography, Cell Theory & Discoveries

Anton Van Leeuwenhoek is credited as the 'Father of Microbiology' due to his advancements in the scientific field using drastic improvements to microscopes, leading to immense discovery. Learn his brief biography, major discoveries, and contribution to cell-theory through his work.

The Germ Theory of Disease: Definition & Louis Pasteur

3. The Germ Theory of Disease: Definition & Louis Pasteur

Louis Pasteur's Germ Theory of Disease asserts that microorganisms contribute to human illness. Learn how bacteria colonize on surfaces, how Pasteur's Germ Theory of Disease actually refutes spontaneous generation, and how microbiology affects food safety.

The Discovery of Immunity

4. The Discovery of Immunity

You know that the immune system helps protect you from infections. But have you ever wondered how you know this? Who were the first people to learn that the body can protect itself from germs?

Antibiotics and Vaccines

5. Antibiotics and Vaccines

Antibiotics and vaccines have a great contribution to the increase in life expectancy over time. Learn more about the history of antibiotics and vaccines, and how different types of vaccines are developed.

Development of Chemotherapy

6. Development of Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is a common treatment for cancer, but it has come a long way from its early days. In this lesson we'll take a trip back in history to see how chemotherapy was developed, though its roots may surprise you!

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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