LISA K. WALKER (Bethesda, MD, USA) THE PEN AND THE TEST-TUBE REVISITED: GENERATIONAL IDENTITY, SCIENTIFIC INNVOVATION, AND RUSSIA'S RECEPTION OF BACTERIDLOGY, 1890-1914 Introduction " In the first and second decades of the twentieth century, readers of the journal Russian Physician, even before they opened each vveek's issue to a mix of professional news and summaries of medical scientific research and clinical experience, were greeted by the advertisements that routinely ran on the front cover of the periodical. The most frequent sponsor, the German op- tical firm of Ernst Leitz, alternated two advertisements: one featuring a large illustration of a late model microscope and announcing its availability for purchase at Leitz's St. Petersburg distributor, and another advertising the plethora of laboratory equipment - thermostats, sterilizing equipment, slides, stains and all of the other paraphernalia needed to outfit a bacteriological laboratory down to diagnostician's marking pencils - that could be readily obtained at the Petersburg distributor or through the firm's catalogue. Those who read further learned of opportunities to receive training in bac- teriological diagnosis of diseases or even in recently developed serum ther- apy at Petersburg.'s Eleninskii Clinical Institute and Moscow University's Bacteriological Institute. The research summarized in the
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