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Writing History in the Age of Biomedicine$
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Roger Cooter

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300186635

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300186635.001.0001

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Anticontagionism and History's Medical Record

Anticontagionism and History's Medical Record

(p.41) 2 Anticontagionism and History's Medical Record
Writing History in the Age of Biomedicine

Roger Cooter

Claudia Stein

Yale University Press

This chapter presents an analysis of an essay on anticontagionism and history of medicine. It explains that this essay aims to illustrate how knowledge production and power relations were mutually constitutive or interpenetrated and discusses the social constructivist approach to medical knowledge in the 1970s. It also considers Charles Rosenberg's admission of taking the ingenious course of ignoring the causal and the temporal relationships between material developments and intellectual changes.

Keywords:   anticontagionism, medicine, knowledge production, power relations, medical knowledge, Charles Rosenberg, intellectual changes

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