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The War Against Epidemics in Colonial Guatemala, 1519-1821
by Lawrence H. Feldman, Ph.D.
ISBN: 978-1-886420-60-1

Using colonial tax and census records, scholars think the indigenous population dropped at least 90% in the first 160 years after the European conquest. Mismanagement, drought, famine, flood, earthquakes, and even volcanic eruptions all had their victims but the chief cause of death were none of these. In colonial Guatemala the pests, the epidemics, were the greatest killers.

There are many books on medicine in colonial Guatemala. What makes this work different is that it is neither a broad history of the colonial era nor restricted to a single ethnic group or profession. Instead, it seeks to answer the question: What happened when an epidemic struck?

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About the Author

Lawrence H. Feldman received a B.A. in History and Anthropology from San Diego State University in 1964, M.A. in Anthropology from UCLA in 1966, Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in 1971 and a M.L.S. from Catholic University of America in 1992.

He taught at Gettysburg College Pennsylvania, was Museum Director at the University of Missouri-Columbia and, for more than twenty years, has been a freelance archival researcher, translator, indexer, and writer. Awards include a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and a Fulbright Research Award. Feldman s initial fieldwork in Guatemala was in 1969 as an archaeologist with the Kaminaljuyu project of Pennsylvania State University. Subsequently the focus of his work shifted into ethnohistory and he has directed National Endowment for the Humanities, United States National Holocaust Museum, and Organization of American States archival survey projects.