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Precarious PrescriptionsContested Histories of Race and Health in North America$
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Laurie B. Green, John Mckiernan-González, and Martin Summers

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816690466

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816690466.001.0001

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Curing the Nation with Cacti

Curing the Nation with Cacti

Native Healing and State Building before the Texas Revolution

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Precarious Prescriptions

Mark Allan Goldberg

University of Minnesota Press

Mark Goldberg This chapter explores the state’s adoption of a peyote remedy during the 1833 cholera epidemic in the Texas-Mexico borderlands. The episode revealed contests over what practices elites considered “medically legitimate,” a discussion that became highly racialized as state officials advocated a therapy tied to Native spirituality and as elites debated the role of medicine in the emerging Mexican nation-state.

Keywords:   Traditional healing, Ethnic Studies, Medicine, African Americans, Native Americans, Critical Race Theory, Public health, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Immigration Studies

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