Book ID: CBB962583958

The Experiential Caribbean: Creating Knowledge and Healing in the Early Modern Atlantic (2017)

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Gómez, Pablo F. (Author)


University of North Carolina Press


Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 314 pages
Language: English

Opening a window on a dynamic realm far beyond imperial courts, anatomical theaters, and learned societies, Pablo F. Gomez examines the strategies that Caribbean people used to create authoritative, experientially based knowledge about the human body and the natural world during the long seventeenth century. Gomez treats the early modern intellectual culture of these mostly black and free Caribbean communities on its own merits and not only as it relates to well-known frameworks for the study of science and medicine.Drawing on an array of governmental and ecclesiastical sources—notably Inquisition records—Gomez highlights more than one hundred black ritual practitioners regarded as masters of healing practices and as social and spiritual leaders. He shows how they developed evidence-based healing principles based on sensorial experience rather than on dogma. He elucidates how they nourished ideas about the universality of human bodies, which contributed to the rise of empirical testing of disease origins and cures. Both colonial authorities and Caribbean people of all conditions viewed this experiential knowledge as powerful and competitive. In some ways, it served to respond to the ills of slavery. Even more crucial, however, it demonstrates how the black Atlantic helped creatively to fashion the early modern world.

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Review Paula De Vos (2018) Review of "The Experiential Caribbean: Creating Knowledge and Healing in the Early Modern Atlantic". Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (pp. 510-513). unapi

Review Paul F Ramírez (2018) Review of "The Experiential Caribbean: Creating Knowledge and Healing in the Early Modern Atlantic". Social History of Medicine (pp. 648-649). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Bleichmar, Daniela
Mancall, Peter C.
Chene, Dennis Des
Palmieri, Paolo
Cronon, William
Waller, Donald
Journals
Social History of Medicine
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Journal of Global History
Environment and History
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
History and Technology
Publishers
University of Pennsylvania Press
Amsterdam University Press
University of Pittsburgh
University of Wisconsin at Madison
Fondazione Museo Storico del Trentino
University of New Hampshire
Concepts
Experiments and experimentation
Medicine
Natural philosophy
Natural history
Science and society
Science and culture
People
Aristotle
Redi, Francesco
Bacon, Francis, 1st Baron Verulam
Boyle, Robert
Hooke, Robert
Harvey, William
Time Periods
Early modern
17th century
18th century
19th century
16th century
Renaissance
Places
Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic world
Caribbean
Europe
Africa
Americas
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