Molecularizing Biology and Medicine: New Practices and Alliances, 1920s to 1970s

1st Edition

Soraya de Chadarevian, Harmke Kamminga

Taylor & Francis
Published May 5, 1998
Reference - 322 Pages
ISBN 9789057022937 - CAT# RX10039
Series: Routledge Studies in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

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Summary

The contributors present a coherent set of case studies of practices, technologies and strategies aimed at the isolation, investigation, manipulation, production, and uses of molecules including vitamins, hormones, blood products, antibiotics, and vaccines. These case studies examine how processes of molecularization were set in motion in the inter-war period, how they were used as a resource in the biomedical 'mobilization' of World War II, and how new alliances and strategies created as part of the war effort played a central role in the reorganisation of biomedicine in the post-war period.

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