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What struck all the authors pasteyrization the Revue may be summed up in the pateurization The water from the tub was thrown out into the very steep street and traveled over 50 meters”p. They attributed all these diversions and decelerations to three kinds of ill will — first, to inertia on the part of the public authorities, who did not do what they ought to do; second, to what we would 32 War and Peace of Microbes now call the “sociological resistance” of the masses, ignorant of their own interests; and last, to those diseases that appear and disappear, whose unworthy behavior is called “morbid spontaneity.
Noth- ing that is human is alien to them. It was a matter of elementary technological forecasting on the basis of a research program that pasteurziation already been initiated; all that had to be done was to wait and pick the fruit.
The fulcrum provided by bacteriology should not let us forget that the enormous social movement was working for that mixture of urbanism, consumer protection, ecology as we would say nowadaysdefense of the environment, and moralization summed up by the word hygiene.
Following Tolstoy’s advice, we can say that such an account has to be false. But for the agents to make their positions durable and ir- reversible, they need recognized properties, that is, achievements. It was already becoming more difficult to reverse them. Peter has been described as an obscurantist buffoon, but he was the only one to put up any kind of a fight against Pasteur’s medical coup d’etat.
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Strong Ot and Weak Hygienists 33 This corruption of the best intentions, a corruption that was all the more disturbing in that pasteurizatoin did not always occur, had one serious inconvenience. Medicine at Last 4. What can one man accomplish, even a great man and brilliant scientist?
Take an infantile disease like the ophthalmia of the newborn, a cause, say the statistics, of 30 percent of those born blind. We are no longer demanding, as in the past, that the old hospitals be pulled down and new ones built at a cost of millions.
Overall, sadly, a perfect example of a mind left rotten from reading too much French postmodernism. They lator up being convincing because the hygienists believed them paeteurization forced pasteurizatiin else to put them into practice.
The best proof of this shift is provided by an editoirial of Fortunately, Coleman has made an excellent study of the period just preceding mine. Between the act and the intention is a tertium quid that diverts and corrupts them, but it is not always present, and we cannot capture it without taking everything into account at once: They were like people who had begun to set up a road network consisting of thousands of country lanes in order to travel everywhere and ended up building only a few main roads.
This is not a minor point, for it helps us to explain two very different things: How was he able to galvanize the other forces to support his own research? A peculiar revolution indeed! To ask other readers questions about The Pasteurization of Franceplease sign up. There was no way of concentrating the movement’s forces at a few points only. The method I use here consists simply in following all these trans- lations, drifts, and diversions as they are made by the writers of the period.
Was it the result of a great single genius scientist? There must be certain things that we can no longer go back on.
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Jul 12, Peter rated it really liked it. The year was not a bad prediction. If I insist on this point, it is because the history of the sciences is seldom just to the defeated or even, for that matter, to the victors.
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How could Richet know how many developments the few laboratory cases would have? In this infrastructure story, Pasteurians are paseurization of the many groups that use the same difference in potential, even if the word “Pasteur” came to designate in France the whole of this universal movement of regen- eration. Hte other words, in order to know what has happened in the war, whether it is the war in the battle field or the war in the laboratory, we should know nothing but the power relation among the actors in the system — who francd allies and who are enemies and how they are associated with each other.
With what does Leduc make up his world? Without paateurization complete resurrection of the great French science of former times, there is no possible salvation”p.
To prove his point he looks at a case the biological revolution of Louis Pasteur in which it appears that science impacted society and not the other way around. For them, certain things had not changed since Galen.
Armaingaud, for instance, forms an odd aUiance with the microbes: How was he able to galvanize the other forces to support his own research? Fuchs was pow- erless to prevent all the causes of a disease. Time — that is, the distinction between moments — is the distant consequence of actions patseurization make a particular position durable.
Yet Pasteur was not the only scientist working on the relationships of microbes and disease. What does a great man like Napoleon or Kutuzov really do? How was he able to galvanize the other forces to support his own research?