Basics of medical microbiology

Elisabeth Presterl*, Magda Diab-El Schahawi*, Luigi Segagni Lusignani, Helga Paula, Jacqui S. Reilly

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Clinical microbiology classically focuses on microorganisms that make people sick “pathogens”. Founders of clinical microbiology were Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch. Until the first half of the nineteenth century, cleanliness and disinfection in medicine were not considered necessary, because the causative agents of infection were unknown. However, clinical microbiology was advancing rapidly revealing the pathogens of tuberculosis, diarrhoea, sepsis and many more. Koch and Henle published postulates linked microorganisms with infectious disease.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBasic Microbiology and Infection Control for Midwives
EditorsElisabeth Presterl, Magda Diab-El Schahawi, Jacqui S. Reilly
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783030020262
ISBN (Print)9783030020255
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • pathogen
  • microorganism
  • bacteria
  • microbiology


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