The American medical profession was largely unregulated and dangerous prior to the discovery of the germ in the 19th century. Sanitation was unsophisticated, corpses were handled near live patients, and some doctors wore bloody aprons as badges of honor. However, the discovery of germs revolutionized medicine, transforming it into the prestigious practice and field of study that we know today.
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