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The Laboratory Revolution in Medicine

The Laboratory Revolution in Medicine


Andrew Cunningham, Perry Williams, Timothy Lenoir, Richard L. Kremer, John Harley Warner, Stewart Richards, Paul Weindling, Michael A. Osborne, Andrew Cunningham, Wai Chen, Bruno Latour, Nicholas Jardine, Hilary Rose
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  • Date Published: July 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521524506


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  • Laboratory medicine developed in the nineteenth century, principally in Germany, France, Britain, and the United States of America. While a number of scholars have studied various aspects of laboratory medicine in the nineteenth century, no attempts have hitherto been made to synthesise such work and to present a view of the whole subject. This book brings together leading researchers on the history of laboratory medicine in Europe and America. Each brings their special expertise to bear on the general subject of the nature and genesis of laboratory medicine. Together, they provide a much needed account of how medicine in Western industrial societies acquired its distinctive power and authority through association with the laboratory. These historical studies are followed by a short concluding section of 'Reflexions' by scholars from the fields of laboratory studies, philosophy of science, and gender studies.

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    • Date Published: July 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521524506
    • length: 360 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.581kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Introduction Andrew Cunningham and Perry Williams
    1. Laboratories, medicine and public life in Germany, 1830–1849: ideological roots of the institutional revolution Timothy Lenoir
    2. Building institutes for physiology in Prussia, 1836–1846: contexts, interests and rhetoric Richard L. Kremer
    3. The fall and rise of professional mystery: epistemology, authority and the emergence of laboratory medicine in nineteenth-century America John Harley Warner
    4. Anaesthetics, ethics and aesthetics
    vivisection in the late nineteenth-century British laboratory Stewart Richards
    5. Scientific elites and laboratory organisation in fin de siècle Paris and Berlin: the Pasteur Institute and Robert Koch's Institute for Infectious Diseases compared Paul Weindling
    6. French military epidemiology and the limits of the laboratory: the case of Louis-Félix-Achille Kelsch Michael A. Osborne
    7. Transforming plague: the laboratory and the identity of infectious disease Andrew Cunningham
    8. The laboratory as business: Sir Almroth Wright's vaccine programme and the construction of penicillin Wai Chen
    9. The costly ghastly kitchen Bruno Latour
    10. The laboratory revolution in medicine as rhetorical and aesthetic accomplishment Nicholas Jardine
    11. Gendered reflexions on the laboratory in medicine Hilary Rose

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    Andrew Cunningham

    Perry Williams


    Andrew Cunningham, Perry Williams, Timothy Lenoir, Richard L. Kremer, John Harley Warner, Stewart Richards, Paul Weindling, Michael A. Osborne, Andrew Cunningham, Wai Chen, Bruno Latour, Nicholas Jardine, Hilary Rose

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