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  • re. Civil War, where germ theory was "just a few short decades away" from being "fully understood." Ummm, I believe it would be more accurate to say "just a few short decades away from being fully conceived." While the theory per se is now "fully understood" and appreciated by current and former medical microbiologists (such as I), as well as by medical historians, several discoveries in the past few decades have revealed its limitations, making it very much a living construct again.

    Posted by Dennis Green on Sat 12 Dec 2009

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