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Here is a fascinating account, by turns breezy, difficult, and stimulating, of how Louis Pasteur assembled a cadre of allies and pupils and with them engineered a major social transformation in France. In doing so, avers Latour, Pasteur and his Pasteurians developed a "style," both technical and institutional, that explains and exemplifies an approach to understanding the "mysterious efficacy attributed to the 'sciences.'"
How could a non-physician trained in chemistry have begun "as a crystallographer in Paris and Strasbourg [and] ended with 'divine honors'?" Latour's account is a diptych beginning with an extended meditation, 150 pages long, on the social
The Pasteurization of France. Ann Intern Med. ;111:98. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-111-1-98_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1989;111(1):98.
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