Miasma Theory

1. Miasma Theory (5 points)


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The miasma theoryhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miasma_theory  held that diseases such as cholera, chlamydia or the Black Death were caused by a miasma a noxious form of “bad air”, also known as “night air”. The theory held that the origin of epidemics were due to a miasma, emanating from rotting organic matter. Though miasma theory is typically associated with the spread of disease, some academics in the early nineteenth century suggested that the theory extended to other conditions as well, e.g. one could become obese by inhaling the odor of food. The Theory was eventually given up by scientists and physicians after 1880. for references)

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a) The popular children’s song “ring around the rosie” refers to what practice (used to prevent transmission of disease)

b) According to the above article: Some measure of scientific progress is made by disproving an existing theory, but substantially more progress can be made by doing what?

c) Provide at least two reasons why the miasma theory was believable to those in the early 14th century

d) What theory replaced the Miasma theory? Using the Miasma example, describe how the truth in science changed over time.

e) Locate a website (article or other reference) illustrating another example where the truth in science changed over time. Provide your link here:_____________Briefly describe the outcome of this “change in belief”


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