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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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Complicating Colonial Narratives

Complicating Colonial Narratives

Medical Encounters around the Salish Sea, 1853–1878

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Jennifer Seltz

University of Minnesota Press

Jennifer Seltz This essay examines conflicts over the meaning of Native people’s health and illness in mid-nineteenth-century western Washington Territory. Arguments about who bore responsibility for Coast Salish people’s diseases, and over how those ailments differed from non-Indians’ sicknesses, both made and weakened American authority, and eventually charted new racial boundaries in the region.

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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