The vaccine and its simulacra: agnotology, ontology and biopolitics in France, 1800–1865

Administory. Journal for the History of Public Administration

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The vaccine and its simulacra: agnotology, ontology and biopolitics in France, 1800–1865
 
Creator Fressoz, Jean-Baptiste
 
Subject Geschichte; Verwaltung; Verwaltungsgeschichte; Medizingeschichte;
Geschichte; Verwaltung; Verwaltungsgeschichte; History; Administration; History of Administration; Gouvernementalität; Politik; Regierung; Staat; Medizingeschichte; History of Medicine;


 
Description The advent of smallpox vaccine in France in 1800 inaugurates a new relationship between administration, public health and the definition of medical facts. As Napoleon himself refused to establish compulsory vaccination, a Comité de vaccine was established so as to impose the idea of a riskless vaccine protecting forever from smallpox. This article studies how human experimentation, clinical experience, medical imagery and statistics maintained the idea of a perfect vaccine for six decades, despite the multiplication of cases of post-vaccination smallpox and vaccine contaminations. <h4>About the Author</h4>Jean-Baptiste Fressoz's research is at the crossroad between history of science, history of technology and environmental history. Formerly lecturer at Imperial College London, he is now a Senior researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (Centre Alexandre Koyré). He is the author of The shock of the Anthropocene. The Earth, history and us, Verso, 2016, (with Christophe Bonneuil) and L'Apocalypse joyeuse. Une histoire du risque technologique, Paris, Le Seuil, 2012. He is currently working on a global history of climatic knowledge since the 16th Century.  

 
Publisher Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung
 
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Date 2016-09-26
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion


 
Format application/pdf
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Identifier https://adhi.univie.ac.at/index.php/adhi/article/view/1661
 
Source Administory. Zeitschrift für Verwaltungsgeschichte; Bd. 1 (2016): Verwaltungsgeschichte im Dialog/Administrative History in Dialogue
ADMINISTORY. Journal for the History of Public Administration; Bd. 1 (2016): Verwaltungsgeschichte im Dialog/Administrative History in Dialogue
2519-1187
 
Language eng
 
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Coverage Frankreich
19. Jahrhundert




 
Rights Copyright (c) 2016 Jean-Baptiste Fressoz
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
 

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