Disease, Medicine, and Health

Diego Armus and Adrián López Denis

in The Oxford Handbook of Latin American History

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195166217
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

 Disease, Medicine, and Health

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This article focuses on three overlapping trends in the historical study of human responses to illness, labeled as “new history of medicine, history of public health, and sociocultural history of disease.” The topics range from colonial epidemiology and pharmacopoeia to twentieth-century public health institutions and urban hygiene. But a consistent focus on the social, cultural, and symbolic components of diseases and cures unifies this historiography and distinguishes it from the narrower scope of the long-established field of the history of medicine.

Keywords: historiography; illness; human response; public health; sociocultural history; colonial epidemiology; pharmacopoeia

Article.  16326 words. 

Subjects: History ; Social and Cultural History

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