NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE - History of Medicine Division


Tuesday, September 18, 2007, 2:00-3:15 pm,
Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg 38A, NLM; Bethesda, MD

A Fever for Empire: U.S. Disease Eradication in Cuba as Colonial Public Health

Speaker: Mariola Espinosa, PhD

In the years following 1898, U.S. armed forces occupying Cuba worked ceaselessly to control yellow fever in Havana and the rest of the island.  However, these efforts were not an expression of medical beneficence.  The eradication of yellow fever from Cuba was an unprecedented success of colonial public health but it failed to persuade Cubans of the legitimacy of continued U.S. domination.  This effort in Cuba was a profoundly colonial enterprise providing great economic and political benefits to the United States and inspiring further imperial expansion in the region.

Mariola Expinosa, PhD is Assistant Professor of History and Director of Latino and Latin American Studies at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale.

All are Welcome

Note: The history of medicine seminar originally announced for Wednesday, September 26, 2007 (the debut of Bernadette Wegenstein's film "Made Over in America") has been postponed. A new date will be announced shortly.

Sponsored by the History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine. Sign language interpretation will be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Stephen Greenberg at (301-435-4995), e-mail [log in to unmask], or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

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Stephen J. Greenberg, MSLS, PhD
Coordinator of Public Services
History of Medicine Division
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Department of Health and Human Services

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