Book ID: CBB001213990

Modern Colonization by Medical Intervention: U.S. Medicine in Puerto Rico (2013)


Trujillo-Pagan, Nicole Elise (Author)


Publication Date: 2013
Physical Details: viii + 250 pp.; ill.
Language: English

Modern Colonization by Medical Intervention adds to our understanding of the political and economic transformations establishing colonial modernity in Puerto Rico. By focusing on influential physicians' clinical work and their access to a remote and inaccessible rural population, this volume details how rural areas suffered the ravages of social dislocation, unemployment and hunger. The colonial administration's hookworm campaign involved many Puerto Rican physicians in complex struggles with other elites, rural peasants and U.S. colonial administrators for political legitimacy. Puerto Rican physicians did not gain the professional autonomy their counterparts in the United States enjoyed. Instead, they became centrally implicated in the struggle between labor and capital enforcing the island's subordination to a colonial modernity and the development of capitalism on the island.

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Review Juanita De Barros (2016) Review of "Modern Colonization by Medical Intervention: U.S. Medicine in Puerto Rico". Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (pp. 101-103). unapi

Review Espinosa, Mariola (2015) Review of "Modern Colonization by Medical Intervention: U.S. Medicine in Puerto Rico". Bulletin of the History of Medicine (pp. 356-357). unapi

Review Magaña, Linda (2014) Review of "Modern Colonization by Medical Intervention: U.S. Medicine in Puerto Rico". Social History of Medicine (pp. 830-832). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Anderson, Warwick H.
Trujillo-Pagan, Nicole Elise
Malleson, Andrew
Briggs, Laura J.
Tomes, Nancy J.
Moran, Michelle Therese
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Current Anthropology
Journal of Burma Studies
Social History of Medicine
Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity
University of California Press
University of Chicago Press
McGill-Queen's University Press
University of North Carolina Press
Hong Kong University Press
Harvard University
Medicine and politics
Medicine and economics
United States, colonies
Public health
Levi, Giuseppe
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
21st century
United States
Puerto Rico
Hawaii (U.S.)
Louisiana (U.S.)
American Medical Association
Rockefeller Foundation

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