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SILVA, Matheus Alves Duarte da. From Bombay to Rio de Janeiro: the circulation of knowledge and the establishment of the Manguinhos laboratory, 1894-1902. Hist. cienc. saude-Manguinhos [online]. 2018, vol.25, n.3, pp.639-657. ISSN 0104-5970.

In order to understand the 1900 establishment of the Federal Serum Therapy Institute of Manguinhos and its earliest scientific work, we must analyze the circulation of knowledge and international disputes surrounding antiplague serums and vaccines. This article discusses the development of the first antiplague serum, in Paris, and the trials conducted in India, which started in 1897. It also examines the invention of an antiplague vaccine in Bombay around the same time and the ensuing controversy involving it and the French serum. The article then explores the pathways by which these objects reached Brazil and also looks at how local issues there meshed with the international scientific dispute, ultimately justifying reconfigurations of the two objects in Rio de Janeiro.

Keywords : bacteriology; Pasteur Institute of Paris; Federal Serum Therapy Institute; antiplague serum; antiplague vaccine.

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