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17:30 - 19:00 5 October 2015

Medicine and public health in Latin America: A history


Lecture Theatre 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Professor Marcos Cueto, Fundacao Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This book - part of the Cambridge series New Approaches to the Americas - summarizes a rich and growing social, political and cultural history of Latin American medicine produced in the past few decades.

Three principal propositions animate this book. The first is that medicine and health are at the core of the history of Latin America, from the demographic disaster wrought since the 16th century by epidemic disease following conquest to the impact of medical leaders of the late 20th century like Ernesto Guevara and Salvador Allende. In the second place, that the interaction between indigenous, Afro-American, Asian and Western medical ideas and practices was a defining feature of 19th and 20th centuries’ Latin American healing. Thirdly, the book argues that 20th century public health in the region developed as a play between palliative official interventions and efforts on the part popular sectors to confront adversity and promote holistic programs of sanitation and development.


Oscar Martinez
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