The Amazon Forest in HCS-Manguinhos

August 2019

Brazil’s Amazon rainforest has seen a record number of fires this year, Brazil’s space research center said last week. The National Institute for Space Research (Inpe) reported on Wednesday that it showed an increase of nearly 80% if compared to the same period in 2018.

Amazon Forest, 2015. Photo: Agência Brasil

In its 25 years of existence, HCS-Manguinhos have published several articles on the Amazon forest from a historical perspective. These articles explore different aspects, such as the fight against tropical diseases, the habits of indigenous peoples, as well as the richness of its biodiversity and the taxonomy work done by scientists.

Over these years the articles about the Amazon region have also addressed issues such as the rubber trade and the tension between preservation and progress.

See the articles!

Carlos Chagas in the Amazon, 1913 – It reviews the 21 days expedition up the Yaco River, in Alto Purus, federal territory of Acre.

BROWNE, J.: Natural History collecting and the Biogeographical tradition. História, Ciências, Saúde, Manguinhos, vol. VIII (supplement), 959-67, 2001.

Two views on malaria – This research compares two views of malaria in the Amazon that coexisted side by side during the First Brazilian Republic (1889-1930). April 25, World Malaria Day.

Epidemics helped build Amazonia’s colonial society – Article by Rafael Chambouleyron, Benedito Costa Barbosa, Fernanda Aires Bombardi and Claudia Rocha de Sousa.

Baniwa food myths and rituals – For the Baniwa people, in the northwestern Amazon, there is a unity of spirit between humans and animals. This article analyzes their eating myths and rites. April 19, Indian Day in Brazil.

Railroads and tropical medicine in Brazil – This paper by Jaime Benchimol and André Felipe Cândido da Silva, our former and current science editors, shows how railways supported the development of tropical medicine in the First Republic.

Amazonian artwork by Wallace and Bates now accessible online – Pencil drawings and watercolour paintings by Alfred Russel Wallace and Henry Walter Bates during their expedition to the Amazon between 1848-1852 are now available online.

Jacques Huber and the history of Amazonian botany – He (1867-1914) was a Swiss Botanist who worked at the Amazon from 1895 to 1914 and authored a major work on taxonomy, phytogeography, plant ecology and agronomy.

Jacques Huber and the history of Amazonian botany – He (1867-1914) was a Swiss Botanist who worked at the Amazon from 1895 to 1914 and authored a major work on taxonomy, phytogeography, plant ecology and agronomy.

Amazon: health, environment and culture (Vol. 14 • supplement • Dec. 2007) 

 

 

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