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Published: 30 November 2020

224 Pages | 12 black and white illustrations

9 x 6 inches

ISBN: 9781789622508

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Marvels of Medicine

Literature and Scientific Enquiry in Early Colonial Spanish America

Yarí Pérez Marín

Liverpool University Press

Liverpool Latin American Studies LUP

  • Offers a comprehensive view of all the vernacular medical titles printed in Mexico during the sixteenth century, and is the first to take a close look at their critiques of then influential medical sources printed in Europe like Sabuco and Monardes
  • Draws on years of extensive comparative archival research on the surviving copies of these early colonial-era medical texts
  • Maps the ways in which period ideas on science and medicine actively participated in laying the foundations of a distinct Latin American cultural consciousness
  • Fills an important gap in current scholarship by highlighting how early colonial medical imprints approached women's health, tracking how interest in medicine catering to the needs of female patients evolved during the last two decades of the sixteenth century
  • Bridges the gap between literary studies and the history of science in the context of early colonial Latin American culture and medicine