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CAPONI, Sandra. From miasmas to microorganisms: hygienic lower-class housing. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2002, vol.18, n.6, pp.1665-1674. ISSN 1678-4464.

By analyzing the influence of early Pasteurian thought on health discourse and practice, this paper discusses the thesis postulating an opposition between pre- and post- Pasteurian hygiene. Focusing on an analysis of the sanitary strategies to control lower-class housing that were proposed by Argentine and Brazilian hygienists, the author identifies the breaks and continuities between classical hygiene and hygiene reorganized by microbiology.

Keywords : Sanitary Profiles; Miasm; Hygiene.

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