2018
DOI: 10.1007/s40656-018-0220-3
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Abstract: During the mid-twentieth century, Soviet scientists developed the "natural focus" theory-practice framework to explain outbreaks of diseases (such as bubonic plague) endemic to wild animals and transmitted to humans. Focusing on parasitologist-physician Evgeny N. Pavlovsky and other field scientists' work in the Soviet borderlands, this article explores how the natural focus framework's concepts and practices were entangled in political as well as material ecologies of knowledge and practice. We argue that the…

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