The establishment of the Manguinhos laboratory, 1894-1902

January 2018

In order to understand the 1900 establishment of the Federal Serum Therapy Institute of Manguinhos, Matheus Alves da Silva, (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales) analyzes the circulation of knowledge and international disputes surrounding antiplague serums and vaccines.

Instituto Soroterápico Federal [Federal Serum Therapy Institute], Manguinhos, Fiocruz, Rio de Janeiro, around 1900. Source: Brasiliana Fotográfica

From Bombay to Rio de Janeiro: the circulation of knowledge and the establishment of the Manguinhos laboratory, 1894-1902 published in our current issue  (HCSM vol.25 no.3  jul./set. 2018) examines the development of the first antiplague serum, in Paris, the invention of an antiplague vaccine in Bombay around 1897 and the  pathways by which both reached Brazil.

Read in Manguinhos:

The circulation of knowledge about Brazilian natural resources in 1763 – This article sheds light on a manuscript by the Portuguese physician António Nunes Ribeiro Sanches, in which he argued for the recognition of Brazilian natural resources and their use for medicine.

The tropics, science, and leishmaniasis – The article investigates the process of circulation of knowledge which occurred during the first decades of the twentieth century between South American researchers and Europeans.

Public Health Policy in Latin America and the Caribbean: new dossier online – This issue features a dossier on public health policy in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Medicine in the context of Portugal, Africa and Brazil – This dossier examines different aspects of medicine in the Portuguese colonial period, such as the slave trade and the circulation of diseases.

The scientific and medical knowledge of the New World – An interview with Mark Thurner (Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London), principal investigator of LAGLOBAL, an international network aiming to advance scholarship on knowledge practices pioneered in Latin America.

Latin eugenics in a transnational context – This thematic issue of HCS-Manguinhos revisits the concept of Latin eugenics in different historical circumstances.

Medicina china en la era de migración global – El artículo aborda los factores sociales y políticos que determinaron la adaptación de la medicina china en Lima y California, 1850-1930.

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