The Black Doctors of Colonial Lima: Science, Race, and Writing in Colonial and Early Republican Peru by José R. Jouve MartínThe Black Doctors of Colonial Lima: Science, Race, and Writing in Colonial and Early Republican Peru by José R. Jouve Martín

The Black Doctors of Colonial Lima: Science, Race, and Writing in Colonial and Early Republican Peru

byJosé R. Jouve Martín

Hardcover | May 1, 2014

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In this groundbreaking study on the intersection of race, science, and politics in colonial Latin American, José Jouve Martín explores the reasons why the city of Lima, in the decades that preceded the wars of independence in Peru, became dependent on a large number of bloodletters, surgeons, and doctors of African descent. The Black Doctors of Colonial Lima focuses on the lives and fortunes of three of the most distinguished among this group of black physicians: José Pastor de Larrinaga, a surgeon of controversial medical ideas who passionately defended the right of scientific learning for Afro-Peruvians; José Manuel Dávalos, a doctor who studied medicine at the University of Montpellier and played a key role in the smallpox vaccination campaigns in Peru; and José Manuel Valdés, a multifaceted writer who became the first and only person of black ancestry to become a chief medical officer in Spanish America. By carefully documenting their actions and writings, The Black Doctors of Colonial Lima illustrates how medicine and its related fields became areas in which the descendants of slaves found opportunities for social and political advancement, and a platform from which to engage in provocative dialogue with Enlightenment thought and social revolution.
José R. Jouve Martín is associate professor of Hispanic and Latin American studies in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at McGill University.
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Title:The Black Doctors of Colonial Lima: Science, Race, and Writing in Colonial and Early Republican PeruFormat:HardcoverDimensions:244 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:May 1, 2014Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0773543414

ISBN - 13:9780773543416

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"The Black Doctors of Colonial Lima presents a nuanced argument not only about Peruvian medical culture and Peru's Enlightenment, but also about the politics of race and blackness during the long transition from colony to independent republic. Jouve Martí