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Enlightened Immunity: Mexico's Experiments with Disease Prevention in the Age of Reason

Paul Ramírez


A history of epidemics and disease prevention in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Mexico, Enlightened Immunity focuses on the multiethnic and multimedia production of medical knowledge in a time when the governance of healthy populations was central to the pursuits of absolutist monarchies. The book reconstructs the cultural, ritual, and political background of Mexico’s early experiments with childhood vaccines, tracing how the public health response to epidemic disease was thoroughly enmeshed with religion and the church, the spread of Enlightenment ideas about medicine and the body, ... More

Keywords: science, medicine, Enlightenment, disease, epidemic, smallpox, vaccine, Indian Mexico, peasants, Catholic Church

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781503604339
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9781503604339.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Ramírez, author
Northwestern University