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Joris Vandendriessche

the distinction between pure and applied science was created as a means of establishing a hierarchical relation between academic science and traditions of technical knowledge, in which the latter could be presented as the result of the former, a mere application of previously conducted ‘pure’ research.97 Public health experts had good reasons for stepping into such a hierarchy. Even if the label of an applied science confirmed the primacy of academics, it still provided experts with a scientific legitimization of their studies. The bacteriologist Edmond Trétrôp

in Medical societies and scientific culture in nineteenth-century Belgium