Jul 7, 2022
The Laboratory of Animal Spirits. Animal Experimentation and Therapeutic Innovation in the Wake of the Psychopharmacological Revolution
- 15:00 to 16:30
- Max Planck Research Group (Biomedical Sciences)
- Lucie Gerber (SAGE, CNRS / Strasbourg)
The Laboratory of Animal Spirits traces the history of a scientific aspiration, that of using animals to introduce the problems of psychiatry into the laboratory. Taking the "psychopharmacological revolution" as its starting point, this books examines the historical conditions under which animal experimentation developed and diversified during the second half of the 20th century, considering the organization of industrial research, medical use of drugs, and the dynamics of the behavioral, cognitive, and brain sciences. It distinguishes between two facets of animal modeling, that where the experimental phenomenon is taken as a model of a human disorder, and that where it is taken as a model of a therapeutic response or action. Establishing this distinction enables discerning two different but linked processes of "pharmaceuticalization" and of "molecularization", whose implications for therapeutic innovation and medical theory are discussed.
- Lara Keuck
- Steeves Demazeux
Contact and Registration
The seminar series is open to all. To receive the zoom link, please email Birgitta von Mallinckrodt (OFFICEKEUCK@MPIWG-BERLIN.MPG.DE).
About This Series
This research seminar is hosted by the Bordeaux-Berlin WORKING GROUP ON TRANSLATING VALIDITY IN PSYCHIATRIC RESEARCH and brings together historians, philosophers, psychiatrists and biomedical researchers.