Medicine and healing in the colonial Caribbean

November 2018

The experiential Caribbean: creating knowledge and healing in the early modern Atlantic by Pablo F. Gomez examines the strategies people used to create knowledge about the human body and the natural world in the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century.

Adam Warren, professor at Department of History, University of Washington, reviews the book in the current issue of Manguinhos (vol.25  supl.1 Aug. 2018).

“It is a sweeping, ambitious, and provocative analysis of the various practices and beliefs black ritual specialists and healers in the Caribbean employed under Spanish colonial rule to create truths about the world around them and address the forms of sickness and health they encountered,” says the review.

Related articles in Manguinhos:

Public Health Policy in Latin America and the Caribbean: new dossier online – This issue features a dossier on public health policy in Latin America and the Caribbean.

European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies – Its latest issue, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the journal includes articles about LGBT rights, urban development and neoliberalism in Latin America.

Public health and Society in Latin America and the Caribbean – Magali Romero Sá, Deputy Director of Research at Fiocruz, explains the main issues to be addressed in the conference “Public Health and Society in Latin America and the Caribbean”.

Calls for Papers: Public Health and Society in Latin America and the Caribbean – The conference will be held on July 6-9, 2016, in the University of the West Indies at St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

Tropical medicine in occupied Haiti, 1915-1934 – This work reflected Haiti’s status as a public health “laboratory” which affected Haitian medicine for years to come and significantly influenced future campaigns aimed at disease eradication.

Public health and racism in post-revolutionary Bolivia – Through their work in rural areas, doctors and other health practitioners put this “silent racism” into practice in their reports on their interactions with indigenous communities and healers.

Race and the Rockefeller Foundation – From 1927 to 1942, the Rockefeller Foundation ran a tuberculosis commission in Jamaica. This paper explores the role that race played in it.

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