Species and Specificity
An Interpretation of the History of Immunology
By (author) Pauline M.H. Mazumdar
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Species and Specificity by Pauline M.H. Mazumdar
Book DescriptionIn the first hundred years of its history, the problems of species and specificity were the core problems of research and practice in immunology. The old botanical dispute about the nature of species reappeared in the late nineteenth century in the disputes of the bacteriologists, to be followed by their students, the immunologists, immunochemists and blood group geneticists. In the course of this controversy, Mazumdar argues, five generations of scientific protagonists make themselves aggressively plain. Their science is designed only in part to wrest an answer from nature: it is at least as important to wring an admission of defeat from their opponents. One of those on the losing side of the debate was the German immunochemist Karl Landsteiner, whose unitarian views were excluded from the state health and medical institutions of Europe, where specificity and pluralism, the legacies of Robert Koch and Paul Erlich, were entrenched.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521431729
(228mm x 152mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 29-Sep-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Crafting Immunity, Hardback (March 2008)
Places the diverse practices of immunity in their historical contexts. This volume suggests that it was the craft-like, small-scale, and local conditions of clinical medicine that turned the immunity of individuals and populations into biomedical objects. It is suitable for historians and sociologists of health.
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An account of scientific disputes over the core problems of research and practice in immunology.
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