The germ theory purports that microscopic germs act as agents of disease. This theory was made after a doctor noticed the high rate of infection caused by doctors delivering babies after touching cadavers and not washing their hands.
When the germ theory of disease was first postulated, the exact nature of the infectious agents were unknown. They were called 'Germs', a word meaning 'sprout'. It was only later that the agents were identified as bacteria and viruses.
The theory of biogenesis states that living cells arise from preexisting living cells. In the theory of germ disease, it was found that diseases are caused by microorganisms such as bacteria. The correlation is that microorganisms are able to thrive off living cells.
lol im sitting in microbio right now with that q on my worksheet... i said that back then the people didn't really believe in the germ theory and through their research and evidence to help prove the germ theory to be true. that's what I wrote :) gl.!
Robert Koch was the first scientist to devise a series of tests used to assess the germ theory of disease. Koch's Postulates were published in 1890 and are still used today to help determine if a newly discovered disease is caused by a microorganism.