Coronavirus and Historical Patterns of Epidemics in Latin America

Friday, May 22, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

 

Free Event

Marcos Cueto (Professor of History of Health at the Casa Oswaldo Cruz, FIOCRUZ, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a Researcher at the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, Lima, Peru) will join us from Brazil for a live talk and Q&A session.

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Abstract: Historical studies on epidemics in Latin America have magnified fragilities in public health structures, revealed the vulnerability of the poor and discovered cases of heroism under adversity. They have also identified an historical trend–revived in the contemporary crisis caused by Covid-19– characterized by a reductionism in the explanation of the social factors that sustain epidemics, insufficient and contradictory official responses and stigma against marginal groups. This presentation will discuss the main historical patterns of response to epidemics in Latin America, especially in Brazil, during the late 20th and early 21st centuries and relate them to the coronavirus pandemic.

Bio: Marcos Cueto is a Professor of History of Health at the Casa Oswaldo Cruz, FIOCRUZ, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a Researcher at the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, Lima, Peru. His major books include A History of the World Health Organization (2019); Medicine and Public Health in Latin America (2016) (co-authored with S. Palmer), which won the 2017 George Rosen Award of the American Association for the History of Medicine; Cold War and Deadly Fevers: Malaria Eradication in Mexico, 1955-1970 (2007), among many others.

Cosponsored by the UCSB Department of History.

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