Re: Disease in NW?

karl h schwerin (schwerin@UNM.EDU)
Wed, 8 Nov 1995 09:14:58 -0700

On Thu, 2 Nov 1995, janis Silva wrote:

> Hello out there. I am looking for some sources concerning transmission of
> diseases to Native Americans from European explorers. Any ideas out there?
> Thank you in advance.
> Janis
The classic sources on Mesoamerica are Woodrow Borah and Sherburne F.
Cook. Rene Dubos has an interesting, more general treatment which is
interesting because it presented much the same thesis that is currently
popular in such books as 'The Coming Plague' and movies like "Outbreak."
Henry Dobyns has published some interesting papers on the subject for the
Andes, then extrapolated to the New World as a whole. Also see Ann
Ramenofsky's book on the Mississippi Valley.

Ashburn, P.M. 1947. The ranks of death; A medical history of the
conquest. New York: Coward McCann

Borah, Woodrow & S.F. Cook. 1960. The population of central Mexico in
1548. An analysis of the Suma de visitas de pueblos. Ibero-Americana: 43
Berkeley, CA: Univ. of California

Borah, Woodrow. 1962. "Population Decline and the Social and
Institutional Changes of New Spain in the Middle Decades of the Sixteenth
Century. 34th International Congress of Americanists, Akten, pp.
172-178 Wien (1960)

Cook, Sherburne F. & Lesley Byrd Simpson. 1948. The population of
central Mexico in the sixteenth century. Ibero-Americana: 31. Berkeley,
CA: Univ. of California

Cook, Sherburne F. 1949. The historical demography and ecology of the
Teotlalpan. Ibero-Americana: 33

Cook, Sherburne F. & Woodrow Borah. 1957. "The Rate of Population
Change in Central Mexico, 1550-1570," Hispanic American Historical
Review 37:463-470

Cook, Sherburne F. & Woodrow Borah. 1960. The Indian population of
central mexico, 1531-1610. Ibero-Americana: 44

Cook, S.F. & Woodrow Borah. The population of the Mixteca Alta,
1520-1960. Ibero-Americana: 50

Cook, Sherburne F. & Woodrow Borah. 1971-79. Essays in population
history: Mexico and the Caribbean. 3 vols. Berkeley, CA: Univ. of
California Press

Dobyns, Henry F. 1963. "An Outline of Andean Epidemic History to 1720,"
Bull. of the History of Medicine 37:493-515

Dobyns, Henry F. 1966. "Estimating Aboriginal American Population. An
Appraisal of Techniques with a New Hemispheric Estimate," Current
Anthropology 7(4):395-449

Dobyns, Henry F. 1993. "Disease Transfer at Contact," Annual Review of
Anthropology 22: Palo Alto, CA: Annual Reviews, Inc.

Dubos, Rene J. 1959. Mirage of health: Utopias, progress, and
biological change. Garden City, NY: Doubleday

McNeill, William H. 1976. "Trans-Oceanic Exchanges, 1500-1700," pp.
176-107 in Plagues and Peoples, by William H. McNeill. Garden City, NY:
Anchor Press

Ramenofsky, Ann F. 1987. Vectors of death. The archaeology of European
contact. Albuquerque, NM: Univ. of New Mexico Press

Karl Schwerin SnailMail: Dept. of Anthropology
Univ. of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 87131

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