Shattuck, George Cheever, 1879-. The peninsula of Yucatan: medical, biological, meteorological and sociological studies

Table of Contents

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Chapter I Miscellaneous Information





Water Supplies


The Plain

The Mountain Region

The Yucatan Bank


Domestic Animals

Notes On The Fauna

Noxious Beasts

Noxious Arthropoda

Notes On The Flora

Useful Plants And Trees



Medicinal Plants

Native Medicines

Useful Trees

Noxious Plants, Trees And Shrubs


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Chapter Iii Anthropological Data

Mayan Population

White Population

Racial Elements

Distribution Of Population

Ethnology Of The Maya

The Mayan Language

Mayan Culture

Mayan Costumes

The Mayan Medicine Man Of Today

Mayan Midwifery

Parturition And Care Of The Infant

Further Osstetrical Information




Care Of The Teeth



Religious Practices


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Introduction To Part Ii

Chapter Vii Chichen Itzá And Vicinity

The Ruins

The Hacienda

Pisté And Xocenpich

Mayan Villages Near Chichen Itzá

Miss Mackays Clinic In 1929

“report Of Miss Katheryn Mackay On The Chichen Itzá Clinic 1

Medical Studies At Chichen Itzá In 1929

Clinical Data From Chichen Itzá

Chichen Itzá Clinics Of 1930

Chapter Viii Chankom, Other Mayan Villages Of Yucatan, And Observations In Valladolid

Survey Of Chankom: April 1929

Medical Studies At Chankom And Vicinity

Mayan Villages Near Chankom

Mayan Villages Near Valladolid

Medical Observations In Valladolid In 1930

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Journey To Xyatil And Xpichil 1

Santa Cruz Indians Of Xyatil And Xpichil

Medical Observations At Xpichil And Xyatil In 1929

Return Journey From Xpichil

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Title: The peninsula of Yucatan: medical, biological, meteorological and sociological studies

Published By: Washington: Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1933. xv-xvii, 1-28, 47-76, 103-104, 127-155, 171-179 p., plates 11-24, 35-42, 47-48: ill., map [incomplete]

By line: by George Cheever Shattuck in collaboration with Joseph C. Bequaert [et al.]

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Maya (Yucatán Peninsula) (NV10)

Subjects: Topography and geology (133); Fauna (136); Flora (137); Composition of population (162); Morbidity (164); Linguistic identification (197); Domesticated animals (231); Diet (262); Pharmaceuticals (278); Water supply (312); Settlement patterns (361); Ethnic stratification (563); (75);

Abstract: The data contained in this source are the composite results of the First, Second and Third Yucatan Medical Expeditions, organized at the instigation of the Carnegie Institution of Washington by the Department of Tropical Medicine of Harvard University. Although primary emphasis is on the study of disease in the State of Yucatan there is also a great deal of other ethnographic information to be found. The first section processed covers geography and geology, flora and fauna, native medicines, domestic animals, water supplies, and general population statistics. The second portion processed presents information on the Mayan population and its distribution, ethnic subgroups, racial affinities, language, clothing, the Mayan medicine man, childbirth customs, food, agriculture, and religion. The remaining section contains information on various diseases found in the Yucatan area, and their treatment at clinics set up by the Yucatan Medical Expedition in various Mayan villages. At the time of this field study Shattuck was assistant professor of tropical medicine at Harvard University Medical School. He was a member of the First and Second Expeditions but not the Third. The portion of Chapter 3 dealing with Mayan Midwifery was written by Miss Katheryn MacKay, R.N., while the section dealing with Parturition and Care of the Infant was written by Robert Redfield. Chapter 7 also contains a report by Miss MacKay on the Chichen Itza clinic.

Document Number: 5

Document ID: nv10-005

Document Type: Component part(s), monograph

Language: English

Note: Only the frontispiece, map facing p. 29, pp. xv-xvii, 1-28, 47-76, 103-104, 127-155, 171-179, and plates 11-24, 35-42, 47-48 are included.

Field Date: 1929-1931

Evaluation: Physician-5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 1965-1966

Coverage Date: 1929-1931

Coverage Place: Yucatan, Mexico

LCSH: Mayas


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