Disease in the History of Modern Latin America: From Malaria to AIDS by Duke University Press (Hardback, 2003)
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- DescriptionChallenging traditional approaches to medical history, Disease in the History of Modern Latin America advances understandings of disease as a social and cultural construction in Latin America. This invative collection provides a vivid look at the latest research in the cultural history of medicine through insightful essays about how disease -whether it be cholera or aids, leprosy or mental illness - was experienced and managed in different Latin American countries and regions, at different times from the late nineteenth century until today. Based on the idea that the meanings of sickness-and health-are contestable and subject to controversy, Disease in the History of Modern Latin America displays the richness of an interdisciplinary approach to social and cultural history. Examining diseases in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia, the contributors explore the production of scientific kwledge, literary metaphors for illness, domestic public health efforts, and initiatives shaped by the agendas of international agencies. They also analyze the connections among ideas of sexuality, disease, nation, and modernity; the instrumental role of certain illnesses in state-building processes; welfare efforts sponsored by the state and led by the medical professions; and the boundaries between individual and state responsibilities regarding sickness and health. Diego Armus' introduction contextualizes the essays within the history of medicine, the history of public health, and the sociocultural history of disease. Contributors include: Diego Armus, Anne-Emanuelle Birn, Kathleen Elaine Bliss, Ann S. Blum, Marilia Coutinho, Marcus Cueto, Patrick Larvie, Gabriela Nouzeilles, Diana Obregon, Nancy Lays Stepan, and Ann Zulawski.
- Author BiographyDiego Armus is Assistant Professor of Latin American History at Swarthmore College.
- PublisherDuke University Press
- Date of Publication25/03/2003
- SubjectMedicine: General
- Place of PublicationNorth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDuke University Press
- Content Note29 illustrations
- Weight635 g
- Width165 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine32 mm
- Edited byDiego Armus
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