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LACIS faculty releases new book!

Written by Megan Humphreys

Pablo F. Gomez is assistant professor in the Department of Medical History and Bioethics and the Department of History & also part of the LACIS core faculty. Check out his latest book “The Experiential Caribbean“!

Opening a window on a dynamic realm far beyond imperial courts, anatomical theaters, and learned societies, Pablo F. Gómez examines the strategies that Caribbean people used to create authoritative, experientially based knowledge about the human body and the natural world during the long seventeenth century. Gómez treats the early modern intellectual culture of these mostly black and free Caribbean communities on its own merits and not only as it relates to well-known frameworks for the study of science and medicine.

Drawing on an array of governmental and ecclesiastical sources—notably Inquisition records—Gómez highlights more than one hundred black ritual practitioners regarded as masters of healing practices and as social and spiritual leaders. He shows how they developed evidence-based healing principles based on sensorial experience rather than on dogma. He elucidates how they nourished ideas about the universality of human bodies, which contributed to the rise of empirical testing of disease origins and cures. Both colonial authorities and Caribbean people of all conditions viewed this experiential knowledge as powerful and competitive. In some ways, it served to respond to the ills of slavery. Even more crucial, however, it demonstrates how the black Atlantic helped creatively to fashion the early modern world.

5 thoughts on “LACIS faculty releases new book!”

  1. I know about Pablo F. Gome, he is a great assistant professor in the Department of Medical History and also a member of the LACIS core faculty.

    Really this book “The Experiential Caribbean“ is looking great and interesting and I want to read it, so UW LACIS Blog can you tell me where from I purchase it……………………..thanks for sharing this informative information with us and make us part of it.

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