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Science Incarnate: Historical Embodiments of Natural Knowledge

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 24 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1150
  1. David Armstrong, reader in sociology as applied to medicine
  1. Department of General Practice, King's College London

    Eds Christopher Lawrence, Steven Shapin

    University of Chicago Press, £15.25, pp 352

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    ISBN 0 226 47014 8

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    In the 18th century the pursuit of natural history involved collecting and classifying objects found in the natural world—with the major exception of humans. It was only when natural history was replaced by biology at the start of the 19th century (except for the vestigial natural history table still to be found in many primary schools) that humans moved centre stage. But just as humans had been overlooked in the 18th century as an object of study, so scientists in the 19th and most of …

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