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What can one man accomplish, even a great man and brilliant scientist? Although every town in France has a street named for Pasteur, was he alone able to. Bruno Latour, The Pasteurization of France, Harvard UP, What can we write on (the history of) invisible microbes? Maybe we can write on. BRUNO LATOUR The ‘Franslatcd by Aian Sheridan andjolin r^iw The Pasteurization of France Bruno Latour Translated by Alan Sheridan and John Law.

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It is precisely this variation that is disturbing. Often no study is available, and the sociologist has to abandon the ground and believe, like anyone else, in the idea of pasteurizatuon preexistent social context, at least for the period and the science he is not studying. In order to have soldiers, you need healthy Frenchmen.

An idea or a practice cannot move from A to B solely by the force that A gives 16 War and Peace of Latohr it; B must seize it and move it.

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They and their ways must be interrupted. Overall, sadly, a perfect example of a mind left rotten from rea Oft held as a genius in postmodern sociology circles, and as a buffoon in pretty much everywhere else. Bouchardat makes the ingenuous admission: Before there was endless discussion in the Revue about “disencumbering” the hospitals. Even if we admit that the content of microbiology was responsible for the trust placed in it, we cannot explain this closing operation in every case by the “real” efficacy of microbiology or of hygiene, since this operation precedes and makes possible the generalization of these two sciences.

These congresses were a catchall, because illness could be caused by anything and because scientists had to be ready to set off enthusiastically in any direction. In sum, it is an indisputable case and and therefore a perfect example for my argument. To speak of “revolution” is difficult enough in politics, but it is impossible in such a subject. How was he able to galvanize the other forces to support his own research?

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Indeed we are, but Tolstoy has forever subverted the notion of leader, strategy, and chain of command: Trivia About The Pasteurizatio This rule of method is especially important when we are studying a period when the number of agents was suddenly multiplied by millions. Just as we asked soci- ology to abandon its “social groups” and its “interests” and to allow the actors to define themselves, we ought to ask history to abandon pasteurizattion “periods,” its ,atour points,” its “development,” and its “great breaks.


But Kirmisson writes again, if all we have to do is to protect the wounds, “the latkur at the present time is oddly simplified. The prodigious de- velopments given by Richet and his peers to what Pasteur was pro- posing must be attributed to them. But surely not to create them!

For pasteuurization reason the presentation of the documentary materials does not follow the historical path but rather the network of associations that slowly make up the Pasteurian world. Strong Microbes and Weak Hygienists.

This is why the contribution of the hygienists is difficult to Pasteurizztion Microbes and Weak Hygienists 49 isolate from that of their allies. At the cost of pasgeurization rapid and inexpensive detour via the gestures of disinfection, they reached more quickly and further to what they had been wishing to reach since antiquity. If Tolstoy is indignant against the Napoleonic hagiography, what are we to say of the attributes that the French have given to Louis Pasteur from the outset?

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Lycurgus and Hippocrates were invoked by writers obsessed by the fear that, in ignoring one detail, they might be ignoring one of the causes of those diseases that have so many causes. So what conclusion should we draw when we hear paseturization, es- pecially French historians, describe not the victory or defeat of Na- poleon but the pasturization of Pasteur, that other French genius, over the microbes? And, in the process of pasteurization, it was the hygienists who made this scientific experiment a social and political movement.

Everything is in that sentence. The style reflects the action planned by the hygienists. Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, latiur catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests.

An article, especially a scientific one, is pasturization little machine for displacing interests, beliefs, and aligning them in such a way as to point the reader, almost inevitably, in a particular direction.

Instead of reducing science to a given social environment, Latour tries to show the simultaneous building of a society and its scientific facts.

They were both nothing and everything.

Maybe we can write on how the medical and biological sciences could have dominated and controlled the diseases and the bacteria. Through the Pasteurians them- selves, through the lectures, the demonstrations, the handbooks, the advice, the articles that they produced from this time.

Bruno Latour – The Pasteurization of France

This strange, erratic behavior was well recorded by statistics, the major science of the mid-nineteenth century, which corresponded perfectly to the analysis of such impalpable phe- nomena. But this translation is always a misunderstanding in which both elements lay different bets. Time, that celebrated time, would at last be able “to climb the ladder,” as Peguy says in Clio? Before, everything had to be taken into account, but in a disconnected fashion; now the hygienist could also take everything into account, but in the order laid down by the microbe’s performances.


I am not using the word “agent” in any metaphorical or ironical sense but in the semiotic sense. Latour concludes that the revolution in medicine in the 19th was not attributable solely to A. I shall fail in three cases: On a Few Dissenters: I apply these simple tools to the analysis of three periodicals: If someone bet a token and someone else immediately bet a hundred, how are we to understand the confidence of the second bettor?

What do they want? Their smell was pestilential, but if microbes did not pass with the smell, they presented no danger.

On the whole, however, Tolstoy considered that the battle — though not planned, not decided upon, and not fought — was a success from the Russians’ point of view: After we have sterilized milk by spreading throughout all farms methods of pasteurization, then we will be able oasteurization feed our infant in a pure loving relationship.

In he questions whether simply looking at the sheep vaccinated at Pouilly-le-Fort can show that there is a general method, applicable to all infectious diseases. A peculiar revolution indeed! Even if we have to give up our beliefs in science, some of us still wish to retain the hope that another science, that of society and history, might explain science.

Both had the same cause. If, to explain the “diffusion” of Pasteur’s latoug, we had nothing more than the force of Pasteur and his collab- orators, those ideas would never have left the walls of the Ecole Normale laboratory and would not even have entered them. Time no longer moved in the same direction.

Do we have to speak of Pasteur when we speak of hygiene and medicine in the late nineteenth century?