May 17, 2005

Gregory Cochran's "New Germ Theory" Vindicated

"More Diseases Pinned on Old Culprit: Germs" says the New York Times:

A report issued last month by the American Academy of Microbiology paints a much more complex picture of infectious disease. Germs, scientists are learning, are probably the cause of many illnesses that were never thought to be infectious, and determining exactly how a germ contributes to disease is no longer simple.

Unfortunately, the February 1999 cover story in the Atlantic Monthly on the "New Germ Theory" of Cochran and his research partner Paul Ewald is no longer online for free. Here, though, is the big paper written by Cochran and Ewald in 2000: "Infectious Causation of Disease: An Evolutionary Perspective." This lays out their critique of the venerable "Koch's Postulates" about how to determine if a disease is infectious that were largely accepted by the American Academy of Microbiology.

Here's my never-before republished 2000 article on Paul Ewald: "Biologist Paul Ewald Says Germs, Not Genes, Cause Most Killer Diseases." And my 2001 article touching on Cochran and Ewald's work is here.

My published articles are archived at -- Steve Sailer

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