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The history of Chagas disease: reflections on science in action

Kropf, Simone Petraglia; Lima, Nísia Trindade.
Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz; 117: e200372, 2022.
Artigo em Inglês | LILACS-Express | ID: biblio-1375903
Approaching from the perspective of the history and social studies of science, the article analyses some aspects of the early history of Chagas disease, from its discovery through initial research. It is our goal to show that historians of science can explore this topic as a way not only of remembering and narrating past events but also of examining the processes through which science is produced. To this end, we present five basic precepts that have guided historical and sociological studies of "science in action" science as a collective endeavor, as a social activity, as a set of practices, as a process that involves controversies, and as a formative process. By examining the topic in the light of these five points, we demonstrate how the history of this successful research tradition can lead us to broader reflections about the complex dynamics interweaving science and society.
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