The Ghastly Kitchen

Next month, I’ll be giving a talk at the International Congress of History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (ICHSTM) in Manchester, UK.  I recently blogged about it on the conference blog:

fetchimageIn 1865, the physiologist Claude Bernard described the life sciences as “a superb and dazzlingly lighted hall which may be reached only by passing through a long and ghastly kitchen.”  Bernard’s “ghastly kitchen” was a metaphor, but two hundred years earlier, there were plenty of kitchens where work of varying ghastliness took place.  In the seventeenth century, the kitchen was very often the place where experimenting on animals occurred, and cooking, tasting, and smelling were part of the experimental process.  read more …

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