Selling Health in New Mexico: Bringing the Sick to the Land of the Well

Nancy Owen Lewis, SAR Scholar-in-Residence and Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Fellow

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

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During New Mexico’s struggle for statehood, territorial officials promoted its climate as ideal for curing tuberculosis, the leading cause of death in America. As proof, they cited the absence of disease among its Native people. This presentation examines the factors that shaped the health seeker movement from 1880–1900—and its unintended consequences.

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