Making medicines in early colonial Lima, Peru [electronic resource] : apothecaries, science and society /
by Linda A. Newson.
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2017.
xiv, 346 pages ; 25 cm.
9004350632 (hardback : acid-free paper), 9789004350632 (hardback : acid-free paper), 9789004351271 (e-book)
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Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2017.
9004350632 (hardback : acid-free paper)
9789004350632 (hardback : acid-free paper)
9789004351271 (e-book)
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Medicines : empire, science and society -- Learning to make medicines -- The medicines business -- Trading medicines and materia medica -- Selecting materia medica -- Making medicines -- The social world of apothecaries -- Persistent practices -- Appendix A: Books shipped from Spain by the apothecary Juan Sanchez in 1591 -- Appendix B: List of materia medica found in pharmacies in Spain and Lima -- Appendix C: Books shipped from Spain to Doctor Melchor de Amusco in nombre de Dios, 1584 -- Glossary.
"Based on extensive archival research in Peru, Spain, and Italy, Making Medicines in Early Colonial Lima, Peru examines how apothecaries in Lima were trained, ran their businesses, traded medicinal products, prepared medicines, and found their place in society. In the book, Newson argues that apothecaries had the potential to be innovators in science, especially in the New World where they encountered new environments and diverse healing traditions. However, it shows that despite experimental tendencies among some apothecaries, they generally adhered to traditional humoral practices and imported materia medica from Spain rather than adopt native plants or exploit the region's rich mineral resources. This adherence was not due to state regulation, but reflected the entrenchment of humoral beliefs in popular thought and their promotion by the Church and Inquisition"--
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