How a Few Scientists Transformed the Way We Think About Disease

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During the first few sniffles of a cold, you can't help wondering where you picked up the illness. Watch an Ed Ted video that details the difference between miasma theory and germ theory, and the ways that Dr. John Snow's research contributed to the end of a cholera outbreak in 1854 London.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Use in a biology class when discussing germs and disease, or in social studies unit about the history of medicine and scientific theory
  • Create a flipped classroom model by assigning the video for homework, and discussing what viewers learned in class the next day
  • Have learners watch the video in a computer lab, and compare results of the assessment afterwards
  • Encourage class members to conduct additional research about medical technology or germ theory
Classroom Considerations
  • A sequence showing an animated white rat being injected with a syringe might be upsetting to more sensitive learners
  • Comes with an assessment to check for understanding
  • Provides a list of additional materials and resources to check out
  • Video is compelling and engaging for learners of all reading levels
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