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Published October 15th by Harvard University Press first published Aug 30, Mark Bowles rated it really liked it.

Th Preview See a Problem? We cannot, Koch claims, generalize from one animal to another, nor from animal to man, nor from one disease to another, nor from the vaccination of a few individuals to that of all individuals. By deploying the same forces, Fuchs gets results that bear no comparison with earHer ones. He was able pasteurlzation show what took place in real life also pasteurizzation place in the laboratory. A mother gives perfectly pure milk to an infant — it dies of typhoid fever.

The social move- ment into which Pasteur inserted himself is a large part of the efficacy attributed to Pasteur’s demonstrations. From obligatory point of passage to obligatory points of passage, the path emerges to explain the variation of elements that the doctrine of morbid spontaneity alone seemed capable of accounting for. Fortunately, Coleman has made an excellent study of the period just preceding mine. In all these relations, pasteuurization one-on-one confrontations, these duels, these contracts, other agents are present, acting, exchang- ing their contracts, imposing their aims, and redefining the social bond in a different way.

Latour here selects some control groups and sees how they reacted to Pasteur. To remedy the uncertainty, the investigator comes on the scene with his Ariadne’s thread. Their most faithful factotems soon died. Nor can the scientism of the period alone explain this immediate trust, for controversies were latoyr as passionately fought out in that century as in any other.


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Bruno Latour The Pasteurization Of France ( 1993)

Why lock people away when you let their infected linen escape? The favorite met- aphor of the time, the difference in potential, defined a vast energy source into which all the actors of the period could plug themselves in order to advance their concerns for the next fifty years. And, in the process of pasteurization, it was the hygienists who made this scientific experiment a social and political movement.

It was at this precise point that the microbe and the revealer of microbes appeared. This is proved by the fact that Koch or the doctors of the Concours Medical opened up controversies on the very same objects, which seemed to the hygienists to be irreversibly closed. The microbe is not an idea floating in the head of scientists; it is a means of locomotion for moving through the net- works that they wish to set up and command. Microbiology — France — History — 19th century.

Moreover, the diffusion and transformation of the scientific idea was not independent from the social interest. Something would surely be gained by this: What is to be done….

Harvard University Press- Science – pages. They knew that they were going to amplify these propositions with their own. Fourth and last, it seems impossible to deny that Pasteur’s rapid successes were due to the application at last of scientific method in an area that had been left too long to people groping in the dark.

Who, then, was the third party in all these social relations at the time? They would like to attribute definite frace to the social groups that shape science, to endow lxtour with exphcit bound- aries, and to reconstruct a strict chain of command going from pasyeurization rostructures to the fine grain of science. What they refer to as the recent event is a change in the regime of time: This was written in But the secondary mechanism attributes the whole of the sanitational revolution of the period to Pasteur’s genius.

This closure of the argument was due, in turn, to the allies that they gave themselves in order to make their positions impregnable.


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The problem we now face is to understand that obscure mixture of war and peace in which labora- tories are only one source of science and politics among many sources. But since no passages were found to link the microbes of the dead with the living, they could declare cemeteries healthy Robinet: Jul 12, Peter rated it really liked it. By the time that con- cerns us, none of this was controversial. And where does money come Introduction pasteurizatoon 1 from?

The Pasteurization of France

Pasteur, I can now name him, has been privileged enough to see it accelerated in his case”p. It accords too much attention to the latter and not enough to the former. Just as they made their societies, they also made their own history.

Latour sucessfully shows how society and its scientific developments grow together. What do they want?

A juster approach would be to treat both victors and defeated sym- metrically. What can one man accomplish, even a great man and brilliant scientist? This site uses cookies.

Hitherto, especially in the tropics, they could never go very far. Latour argues that all science is shaped by society. The poor may have no rights, but the contagious poor can blow up ltour whole outfit.

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The primary mechanism describes the alliances and make-up of the forces, whereas the second explains why the forces are mixed together under a name that represents them. Illness, as defined by the hygienists, can be caused by almost anything. The issue is at once pasteurizatikn War and Peace of Microbes much more simple and much more difficult.

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