272 pages, 6 x 9
8 b/w illus., 8 tables, notes, bibliography, index
Release Date:16 Aug 2022
Release Date:16 Aug 2022

Healthcare in Latin America

History, Society, Culture

University of Florida Press

Illustratingthe diversity of disciplines that intersect within global health studies, Healthcare in Latin America is the firstvolume to gather research by many of the foremost scholars working on the topicand region in fields such as history, sociology, women’s studies, politicalscience, and cultural studies.


Throughthis unique eclectic approach, contributors explore the development andrepresentation of public health in countries including Argentina, Bolivia,Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico,Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, and the United States. They examine how nationalgovernments, whether reactionary or revolutionary, have approached healthcareas a means to political legitimacy and popular support. Several essays contrastmodern biomedicine-based treatment with Indigenous healing practices. Othertopics include universal health coverage, childbirth, maternal care, forcedsterilization, trans and disabled individuals’ access to care, intersexuality,and healthcare disparities, many of which are discussed through depictions infilms and literature.


As economic and political conditions haveshifted amid modernization efforts, independence movements, migrations, andcontinued inequities, so have the policies and practices of healthcare alsodeveloped and changed. This book offers a rich overview of how the stories ofhealthcare in Latin America are intertwined with the region’s political,historical, and cultural identities.

Publication of this work made possible by a Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“Bridges a significant gap inscholarship focused on healthcare in Latin America. Taking an interdisciplinaryapproach, the essays demonstrate the significant role healthcare and public healthprograms played in the construction of nation-states, identity, internationalrelations, migration, and dissemination of scientific knowledge throughoutLatin America.”—Heather McCrea, author of Diseased Relations: Epidemics,Public Health, and State-Building in Yucatán, Mexico, 18471924

 “Superb work suitable for scholars and studentsinterested in questions of public health, disability, and sexuality acrossLatin America and in the Latinx community in the United States.”—RebeccaJanzen, author of Unholy Trinity: State, Church, and Film in Mexico

David S. Dalton, associate professor of Spanish at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, is the author of Mestizo Modernity: Race, Technology, and the Body in Postrevolutionary Mexico Douglas J. Weatherford, professor of Hispanic literature and film at Brigham Young University, is the translator of Juan Rulfo’s The Golden Cockerel & Other Writings.
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