The Royal Protomedicato: The Regulation of the Medical Profession in the Spanish Empire

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Author: Lanning, John Tate (1902-1976) inscribed

Year: 1985

Publisher: Duke University Press

Place: Durham


485 pages with bibliography and index. Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 6 1/2") bound in original burgundy cloth with silver lettering to spine. Edited by John Jay TePaske. Inscribed by John Jay TePaske. First edition.

A monumental piece of research, edited by John TePaske, after John Tate Lanning's death in 1976, this is the first work to examine the complete range of issues regarding the regulation of medical practice in Spain and the Spanish Empire. The royal protomedicato was a board of licensed physicians that certified medical practitioners and regulated medical practice in the larger cities of Spain and the Spanish empire. The jurisdiction of the protomedicato over medical affairs brought with it deep involvement in related social and political arenas. For example, frequent shortages of doctors made medical practice a convenient instrument of foreigners, Blacks, mixed bloods, Indians, and illegitimates to gain status by qualifying before the protomedicato as phlebotomists or surgeons. Since physicians had a responsibility to dispense services to the poor and needy, the protomedicato worked closely with the clergy in order to enforce these duties on practitioners. Finally, as a typical tribunal of colonial Spanish America, the protomedicato often found itself in contention with the viceroy and other tribunals for jurisdictional rights, and with colleague at the university for place and preferment. Social, institutional and medical history The Royal Protomedicato reveals much that is new not only about the regulation of medical practice in the Spanish Empire but also about Spanish colonial institutions and colonial society.


Inscribed on title. Jacket light edge wear with a little rubbing to spine ends else a near fine copy in like jacket.

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