New Book: Medical Cultures of the Spanish Empire

Medical Cultures of the Early Modern Spanish Empire, John Slater, Maríaluz López-Terrada, and José Pardo-Tomás, eds (Ashgate, 2015).

Introduction, John Slater, José Pardo-Tomás and Maríaluz López-Terrada.

Part 1 Spain and the New World of Medical Cultures:

The culture of Peyote: between divination and disease in early modern New Spain, Angélica Morales Sarabia.

‘Antiguamente vivían más sanos que ahora’: explanations of native mortality in the Relaciones Geográficas de Indias, José Pardo-Tomás.

The blood of the dragon: alchemy and natural history in Nicolás Monardes’s Historia medicinal, Ralph Bauer.

Part 2 Itineraries of Spanish Medicine:

‘From where they are now to whence they came from’: news about health and disease in New Spain (1550-1615), Mauricio Sánchez-Menchero.

Literary anthropologies and Pedro González, the ‘Wild Man’ of Tenerife, M.A. Katritzky.

The medical cultures of ‘the Spaniards of Italy’: scientific communication, learned practices, and medicine in the correspondence of Juan Páez de Castro (1545-1552), Elisa Andretta.

Part 3 Textual Cultures in Conflict, Competition, and Circulation:

‘Offspring of the mind’: childbirth and its perils in early modern Spanish literature, Enrique García Santo-Tomás.

‘Sallow-faced girl, either it’s love or you’ve been eating clay’: the representation of illness in the Golden Age theater, Maríaluz López-Terrada.

The dramatic culture of astrological medicine in early modern Spain, Tayra M.C. Lanuza-Navarro.

The theological drama of chymical medicine in early modern Spain, John Slater.

Epilogue: the difference that made Spain, the difference that Spain made, William Eamon.


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Scott Taylor is an associate professor in the history department at the University of Kentucky.


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