Propaganda and Philanthropy: The Institute Bento da Rocha Cabral, the Lisbon Site of Biochemistry (1925–1953)

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the internal organization and dynamics of the Institute Bento da Rocha Cabral (IRC) in Lisbon, a privately-funded institution devoted to biomedical research, from the particular vantage point of its laboratory of biochemistry; in particular, the process through which the institution turned from medically-related to chemically-related research in the period spanning from 1925 to 1953. The history of the IRC raises interesting questions regarding the social politics of science as it materialized the desire of leading physicians of the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon to create proper physical facilities for medically-related scientific research. We argue that the process which led to the creation of the IRC coincided with the gradual professional and political ascendance of physicians in Portuguese society initiated in the late nineteenth century, and is closely associated with Portuguese republicanism and the process of Lisbon becoming the scientific capital.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138–166
JournalAmbix
Volume62
Issue number2(SI)
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event3rd Conference on Sites of Chemistry, 1600-2000 - Uppsala, Sweden
Duration: 19 Aug 201321 Aug 2013
Conference number: 3rd

Keywords

  • SCIENCE
  • EMERGENCE
  • HEGEMONY
  • REFLECTIONS
  • CULTURE
  • SCIENCE
  • GRAMSCI

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