Science, Technology and Medicine in Modern History

Evaluating and Standardizing Therapeutic Agents, 1890-1950

Editors: Gradmann, C., Simon, J. (Eds.)

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Following the testing of therapeutic sera, the quantified evaluation of a pharmaceutical's efficacy became a key feature of medicine in the twentieth century. The case studies in this volume offer comparisons across Europe, from the diphtheria antitoxin in the late 1800s to the introduction of the Salk polio vaccine in the 1950s.

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CHRISTOPH GRADMANN is Professor in the History of Medicine at the University of Oslo, Norway, since 2006. He took his doctorate as a historian from the University of Hannover in 1992, and has held positions at the University of Heidelberg and the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. His research interests cover the history of infectious diseases in modernity, the history of antibiotic resistance, medical biography and the history of standardisation in twentieth century medicine. His most recent book publication is Laboratory Disease: Robert Koch's Medical Bacteriology.

JONATHAN SIMON teaches history of science at the University of Lyon, France. After receiving a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh he has studied and taught in Berlin, Paris, Sydney and Strasbourg. He has worked and published in both the history of pharmacy and the history of chemistry; most recently he is the co-author (with Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent) of Chemistry: The Impure Science.

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'...Christoph Gradmann, Jonathan Simon and their co-contributors throw new light on the origins of biomedicine in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.' - Viviane Quirke, Oxford Brookes University, Journal of BJHS


Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction: Evaluating and Standardizing Therapeutic Agents, 1890–1950

    Pages 1-12

    Gradmann, Christoph (et al.)

  • Paul Ehrlich’s Standardization of Serum: Wertbestimmung and Its Meaning for Twentieth-Century Biomedicine

    Pages 13-30

    Prüll, Cay-Rüdiger

  • Evaluation as a Practical Technique of Administration: The Regulation and Standardization of Diphtheria Serum

    Pages 31-51

    Hüntelmann, Axel C.

  • From Diphtheria to Tetanus: The Development of Evaluation Methods for Sera in Imperial Germany

    Pages 52-70

    Hardy, Anne I.

  • The Construction of a Culture of Standardization at the Institut Pasteur (1885–1900)

    Pages 71-88

    Gachelin, Gabriel

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Evaluating and Standardizing Therapeutic Agents, 1890-1950
Editors
  • C. Gradmann
  • J. Simon
Series Title
Science, Technology and Medicine in Modern History
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-28559-0
DOI
10.1057/9780230285590
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-20281-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 266
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