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Medicine and Nation Building in the Americas, 1890-1940 1st Edition
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"[T]he book is enlivened by the exegesis of relevant fiction, moralizing tales, and social scientific studies. . . . [T]he juxtaposition between public health practice and literary criticism . . . reminds us that, despite the self-fashioning of public health as a pragmatic discipline aiming for technical precision and succinctness, public health practitioners in the past drew from a diverse array of genres for inspiration and provocation. Such a lesson can and should be passed on to our present-day public health experts and students."
—Hispanic American Historical Review
"Amador's work will establish how public health circuits were so critical to not only racial formation, but also the development of hemispheric cultural relations at large. The book's central conceptual anchor of 'intellectual currents and public health crossings' is sure to inspire a new generation of scholars seeking to develop frameworks for the transnational and cultural history of health in Latin America."
—Alexandra Puerto, author of Measuring the Maya: Race, Science and the Idea of the Indian in Inter-War Yucatan
"A wonderful example of what historically grounded transnational analysis can do for our understanding of the history of race and public health in the Americas. This makes a field-defining contribution to the social and cultural history of medicine as well as multiple national historiographies in race and ethnic studies."
—John Mckiernan-González, author of Fevered Measures: Public Health and Race at the Texas-Mexico Border, 1848–1942
About the Author
Jose Amador is Assistant Professor of Latin American Studies at Miami University of Ohio.