The book is made of two parts: the first one is a detailed exploration of the litterature around Pasteur’s rise from obscurity to fame and of the corresponding. The Pasteurization of France [Bruno Latour, Alan Sheridan, John Law] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. What can one man accomplish. The pasteurization of France: Bruno Latour, translated by Alan Sheridan and John Law (Cambridge, Massachusetts and London: Harvard University Press.

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It was already becoming more difficult to reverse them.

The Pasteurization of France

You Will Be Pasteurs of Microbes! Steps could be taken, of course, but against what? A homemaker takes on a Breton girl to help the cook — after a few months the cook dies of galloping consumption.

Download the PDF to view the article, oasteurization well as its associated figures and tables.

It is the same here. Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item Although epistemologies have varied over time, they have al- ways been war machines defending science against its enemies — first in the good old days against religion, then against some of the illusions generated by too much optimism in science itself, still later against the dangers that totalitarian states represent for the autonomy of free scientific inquiry, and finally against the abuses of science pasteuirzation by politicians or corporate interests.

Who indeed could still argue about that? Going against much of the crowd, the first part of the work has significantly more substance than his ‘Irreductions.

This was written in So what conclusion should we draw when we hear historians, es- pecially French historians, describe not the victory or defeat of Na- poleon but the victories of Pasteur, that other French genius, over the microbes?

Tye the primary mechanism was the same. Indeed, the formidable transformation of hygiene was effected at first only with the following research program: Is time irre- versible?


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Through the Pasteurians them- selves, through the lectures, the demonstrations, the handbooks, the advice, the articles that they produced from this time. What I call the primary mechanism shows how bacteriology got into the end of the parasitical chain and found itself able to express a whole period. The first section of the book, which retells the story of Pasteur, is a vivid description of an approach to science whose theoretical implications go far beyond a particular case study.

It is, much more than his pride supposes, due to an anonymous, perpetual collaboration and to the exchange of ideas in the air, each of which makes its useful, obscure contribution” p.

The network of gestures and skills that the hygienists wanted to set up had to be as continuous as an oil pipeline. Sign in to download free article PDFs Sign in to access your subscriptions Sign in to your personal account.

Search WorldCat Find items in libraries near you. In the great upheaval of late nineteenth-century Europe, they redefine what society is made up of, who acts and how, and they become the spokesmen for these new innumerable, invisible, and dan- gerous agents. Antisepsia and asepsia may develop without the knowledge of any particular microbe, with- out the culture, the attenuation in short, without anything to be found in the medical program of the Pasteurians.

Tolstoy, who writes about the battle in War and Peace, is not quite sure that it took place at all.

But pasteugization helps us to explain how pastdurization patent a manipulation of all the trials of strength of a society may end up giving the impression that a society has been revolutionized by the purely scientific ideas pasteurizatioon a few men, and it even helps us to explain how, by reduction to the secondary mechanism, we end up with the impression that there exists a science on the one hand and a society on the other.


After the Pas- teurians have invaded surgery, only then will the surgeon be alone with his patient. Pasteur’s position in this is rather Hke Napoleon’s in that treatise on poUtical philosophy which Tolstoy wrote under the name of War and Peace.

Plans were discussed for drainage, ven- tilators, windows, heating apparatuses — anything that would allow the four elements to circulate freely. At the cost of accepting microbiology, the sup- port of its laboratories, and even the continual praise of the “great Pasteur,” they advanced their cause more quickly and latpur their positions everywhere by weakening their adversaries, whether microparasites or public authorities.

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Create lists, bibliographies and reviews: Similarly, freedom of action must be given back to all the agents of French society in order to decompose Pasteur’s efficacy. He was able to show what took place in real life also took place in the laboratory.

August 20, at 7: Create a free personal account to download free article PDFs, sign up for alerts, customize your interests, and more. If, therefore, we say of a man that he has moved a mountain, it is because he has been credited with or has appro- priated the work of the crowd that he claimed to command but that Strong Microbes and Weak Hygienists 23 he also followed.

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In Pasteurs lab they will get the best environment ever to multiply!